Do you wish you could live in Disneyland everyday? Well, unfortunately that possibility is still probably quite unlikely, although maybe you can bring a little bit of Disneyland into your home.
An auction house in Sherman Oaks, California is about to hold one of the biggest sales of Disney memorabilia ever. The Van Eaton Galleries has managed to get its hands on over 1,000 individual pieces from Disneyland's earliest days, including props from famous rides and other rare items.
The collection, which is being provided by an anonymous private collector, consists of costumes, employee badges, tickets and blueprints which span all the way back to the first parks opening in 1955. In a statement, Van Eaton CEO and founder, Mike Van Eaton, stated:
The breadth of this vintage collection and the rarity of the memorabilia are a true testament to the genius of Walt Disney. It tells the story of Disneyland from the beginning like we have never seen before, and I am sure we won’t ever see again.
With over 1,000 items, there is likely to be something for every price range, however the auction does certainly contain some stand out stars. Some of these include:
A skeleton prop from the first Pirates of the Caribbean ride. This is expected to go sell for $60,000 to $90,000.
A cast employee badge dated to Disneyland's opening in 1955.
One of two dolls from the It's A Small World ride.
An original 1955 silk poster for Adventureland.
Other exhibits include original artwork for Tomorrowland (estimated at $50,000 to $70,000), an original Pinocchio character valued at $7,000 to $9,000 and one of two etched glass E-ticket signs, estimated at a value of $15,000 to $20,000. In addition to this, there are also:
- An Autopia driver's license signed by Jimmy Stewart. It's stamped with the date Aug. 26, 1955, shortly after the theme park opened.
- A blueprint of the original Disneyland.
- A Tahitian Terrace hostess costume with original name tag, circa 1960.
- A decorative Mark Twain Riverboat prop from the 1960s.
- An unused place mat from the original Aunt Jemima's Pancake House in Disneyland.
- An unused ticket book from the first Disneyland.
All told, the collection is expected to make over $1 million.
If you want to peruse the entire collection, you can head over to the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks and see them in person. The auction is due to begin, live and online, on February 28th.