Photos: Pieces Of Disneyland's History On Display This Month Before Auction
A collection of over a thousand pieces of Disneyland paraphernalia and souvenirs will go up for auction at the end of the month, and the public will get a chance to view the items before they fall into the hands of private collectors.
The Story Of Disneyland ranges from the planning stages of the Anaheim theme park all the way up through the 80s, and includes items such as concept art, costumes, props, and posters. Expected to fetch over a million dollars in total sales, according to the L.A. Times, The Story Of Disneyland not only is a treasure trove of Disney tchotchkes but also a historical narrative of the beloved measles incubator, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. "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," said Van Eaton Galleries president Mike Van Eaton in a statement. The Sherman Oaks-based gallery Sherman Oaks-based Van Eaton Gallery opened the exhibition to the public today, and the public can view the items from now until the 27th. The items will go up for sale in an online and live auction on February 28 and March 1.
Some of the higher ticket items in the auction include concept art by Bruce Bushman for Tomorrowland (estimated to sell up to $70,000), an original Pirates of the Caribbean skeleton prop ($90,000), and a Michael Jackson painting from Captain EO ($60,000).
Van Eaton Galleries is located at 13613 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (818) 788-2357. Check their website for more information about the exhibit and the auction.