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Photos: This Massive Disney Auction Has Pretty Much Everything
Depending on how you see it, it's either amazing or maddening to be a Disney collector. On one hand, you'll never run of out memorabilia to whet your appetite. On the other, you're playing an unwinnable game.
The latest auction at Van Eaton Galleries is a testament to this divide. The gallery will hold a June 18 auction that features more than 700 items that go back to the earliest days of Disney.
Among the oldest items are production drawings from Steamboat Willie, the OG of animated shorts. These date back to 1928 and will (at the very least) cost you a couple grand. There's also a "coin bank" from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and composer Carl Stalling's hand-written score for "Minnie's Yoo Hoo," which is expected to bring in around $15,000 to $25,000.
The auction goes beyond the usual grab bag of film stills and vintage coloring books. There's a glass milk bottle from 1936, for example. The pièce de résistance, however, must be the set of Kem Weber-designed furniture that had been used by artists at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The set includes an artist's storyboard, a wardrobe closet, a desk, and an ultra rare Weber chair. This can all be yours for a paltry estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.
Set of original Disney Studio animation office furniture designed by Kem Weber (Courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries)
A large portion of the auction will include items from the estate of Annette Funicello. As Disneyphiles will recall, Funicello was one of the original Mousketeers. Items from her Mouse Clubbing days—including her mouse "ears" and her personal Disneyland VIP pass—will be auctioned to benefit the The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.