Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectibles galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California, has announced a rare exhibit and auction, “Collecting Disneyland.” Over 800 pieces of memorabilia will be offered exclusively by Van Eaton Galleries and will be featured during a limited time exhibit. Among the collection’s highlights are several original artworks, including a rare early concept of the Fantasyland Dumbo Ride by Bruce Bushman that is signed by several of Disneyland’s original Imagineers (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000).
Other highlights include some of the earliest original concepts for Tomorrowland ever to be offered (Estimates: $500-$1,000), created by Gabriel Scognamillo, the art director for Tomorrowland; an original PeopleMover Ride Car, fully restored and functional (Estimate: $200,000-$300,000); an extremely rare Rocket To The Moon Attraction Poster, one of over 40 rare attraction posters to be offered, (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000); a complete Honorary Disneyland Police Chief Uniform given to retiring Anaheim Police Chiefs in 1969 (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); and an original 1955 park bench from Main Street U.S.A.(Estimate: $5,000-$10,000).
Other highlights include an original Space Mountain Ride Car (Estimate: $50,000-$60,000), original concept paintings for Space Mountain (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000), a fully functional Audio Animatronics head that is the first ever offered in auction (Estimate: $40,000-$60,000) and a Jack Skellington head from the Haunted Mansion Holiday Exhibit at Disneyland. (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000).
Other highlights include several cast member costumes, badges, clothing and one-of-a-kind accessories, as well as original attraction posters, brochures, tickets, blueprints and programs from the earliest of days at the Disneyland theme park.
Early concept work never before offered or seen by the general public is only a portion of the vast array of items being featured, and includes artwork from Primeval World, Pirates of the Caribbean, The House of Tomorrow, The Monorail, Main Street buildings, Adventureland, and many more.
The massive collection also includes iconic original hand-carved sculptures from the Haunted Mansion, including an original carving for the iconic bat stanchions (Estimate: $80,000-$100,000), rare examples of the first Disneyland ticket book (Estimate: $300-$500), a Walt Disney signed check (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), a 1956 Main Street Station flag (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000), an original butler costume for The Haunted Mansion (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500), and an original Jungle Cruise boat sign (Estimate $25,000-$35,000).
Additionally, the best part of this collection is the range of items that are featured. Original ticket books, gate flyers, original artworks, and other highly collectible and iconic items are all available in this auction. Just as Disneyland has something for every park-guest, so too does this collection have something for everyone.
The auction will take place Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Van Eaton Galleries located at 13613 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, California.