The happiest place on Earth for Disney collectors not too long ago was Van Eaton Galleries, the place greater than 1,000 items of Disneyland memorabilia have been auctioned.
The Joel Magee Disneyland Collection, the biggest privately owned assortment of Disney parks memorabilia on the planet, was provided in a three-day sale that started on July 17, Disneyland’s 68th birthday. Among the highlights of the 1,500 items out of the 6,000 Magee has amassed over 30 years included the only largest assortment of Disneyland Attraction posters—a few of that are the one examples identified to exist—experience automobiles, props, signage and classic souvenirs.
Disney parks have been “the happiest place on Earth” since Disneyland, Walt Disney’s unique theme park in Anaheim, California, opened in 1955, so collectors jumped on the likelihood to take a chunk residence with them, particularly the 96 ride-related gadgets provided. Bidders’ enthusiasm pushed quite a few items well past excessive estimates, and typically by tens of hundreds, together with the highest lot: a set of three animatronic hitchhiking ghosts that bought for $320,000, hovering previous its excessive estimate of $200,000.
This trio was a part of the Haunted Mansion experience on the Magic Kingdom Park when it opened in Florida in 1971. Each initially sat on a monitor and would transfer together with Doom Buggy experience automobiles close to the tip of the experience.
The Haunted Mansion, debuting at Disneyland in 1969, is certainly one of Disney’s hottest points of interest and exists in practically all of its parks worldwide. So it’s no shock that associated gadgets have been star points of interest with bidders. Of the sixty-three provided, three others reached six figures: a uncommon Doom Buggy attraction automobile from 1969 that bought for $170,000 (greater than thrice its excessive estimate of $50,000), an original hand-painted “stretching” portrait of a man standing on a barrel of dynamite, 1969-70s, that bought for $150,000 (beating its excessive estimate of $100,000) and one other stretching portrait depicting a girl sitting on her husband’s tombstone, 1969, that introduced $120,000 (additionally beating a excessive estimate of $100,000).
4 different heaps that drew six-figure bids have been a 1960s Dumbo ride vehicle from Disneyland that sold for $220,000, a 1955 automobile from that park’s Peter Pan’s Flight for $210,000 (about double the estimate), the unique International Van Strains shifting truck from the International Van Strains constructing at Disneyland, circa 1963-79, that bought for $120,000 and three unique Tiki Room birds from Walt Disney World within the Eighties with a customized animated show that bought for $120,000.
The preferred attraction at Disneyland is the Pirates of the Caribbean experience, which has entertained near a 3rd of a billion passengers since its 1967 debut and has been the topic of 5 films grossing $4.5 billion worldwide. Practically 50 Pirates of the Caribbean gadgets have been provided, with the highest vendor being an unique hand-decorated attraction poster from 1967 that bought for $13,000.
Different standouts included a barnacle-encrusted candle holder prop, Eighties-90s, that bought for $10,000 (greater than 16 occasions its excessive estimate of $600), a pair of 1967 idea sketches that bought for $7,000 (greater than 11 occasions the excessive estimate of $600), and a uncommon forged costume from the Eighties that bought for $3,750 (greater than 5 occasions its excessive estimate of $700).
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