March 7, 2021

10 most expensive Disneyland items in auction featuring 800 theme park collectibles


An upcoming auction featuring hundreds of Disneyland and Walt Disney-related items expected to fetch as much as $ 100,000 apiece will give hard-core Disney fans a chance to add a piece of the Anaheim theme park’s history to their personal memorabilia collections.

Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks will hold the “Walt Disney: The Man, the Studio and the Parks” virtual auction on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Tea 332-page catalog for the one-day auction contains more than 800 items designed to make Disneyana collectors drool – with everything from original drawings of what would become Disneyland to signs, props and attraction posters from the Anaheim theme park.

We’ve collected the 10 most expensive Disneyland items in the auction to help you refine your shopping list before the bidding starts. The top 10 list is ranked by estimated auction house prices.

Original Mickey Mouse Park Disneyland Design (Van Eaton Galleries)

1) Original Mickey Mouse Park Disneyland Design

Estimate: $ 20,000- $ 25,000

The 1953 pencil drawing depicts the original layout for Disneyland when Walt Disney planned to build the park next to his Burbank movie studio. The 23-by-34-inch drawing shows a railroad station, round house, machine shop and gravity canal ride.

Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough Concept (Van Eaton Galleries)

2) Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough Concept

Estimate: $ 15,000- $ 20,000

The 9-by-21-inch original concept painting signed by the artist was created by Disney background artist and color stylist Eyvind Earle. The 1957 illustration depicted one of a series of dioramas in the walkthrough attraction of Disneyland’s castle that told the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Carousel of Progress Kitchen Table and Chairs (Van Eaton Galleries)

3) Carousel of Progress Kitchen Table and Chairs

Estimate: $ 10,000- $ 20,000

The prop table and chairs were first used in the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair version of the attraction that was later brought to Disneyland. The thick lucite kitchen set appeared in the fourth act of the Carousel of Progress attraction.

Van Eaton Galleries is also auctioning a separate Lucite coffee table from the same Carousel of Progress scene for an estimated $ 10,000 to $ 20,000.

Walt Disney Signed Letter Regarding Disneyland Attractions (Van Eaton Galleries)

4) Walt Disney Signed Letter Regarding Disneyland Attractions

Estimate: $ 8,000- $ 10,000

The “extremely rare” signed letter on Walt Disney’s personal letterhead discusses the upcoming additions of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Skyway and Submarine Voyage in 1959. Disney expresses his desire to be “constantly changing and improving” Disneyland.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant Hub Bronze Statue (Van Eaton Galleries)

5) Dumbo the Flying Elephant Hub Bronze Statue

Estimate: $ 5,000- $ 10,000

The circa 1990s one-of-a-kind prototype sculpture was made by Disney sculptor Bill Toma. The 65-pound, 21-inch-tall prototype was used to cast the Dumbo statue placed near the Partners statue in the Disneyland hub.

Disneyland Railroad Main Street Wait Time Sign (Van Eaton Galleries)

6) Disneyland Railroad Main Street Wait Time Sign

Estimate: $ 7,000- $ 9,000

The circa 2000s Disneyland Railroad sign has an adjustable dial for the wait time. The 5-foot, 3-inch-tall sign still stands on its original post.

Original Haunted Mansion Attraction Poster (Van Eaton Galleries)

7) Original Haunted Mansion Attraction Poster

Estimate: $ 7,000- $ 9,000

The original 1969 hand-silkscreened poster for the classic Disneyland haunted house attraction was designed by Imagineers Ken Chapman and Marc Davis. The 54-by-36-inch poster depicts the Hitchhiking Ghosts in front of the Haunted Mansion.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Attraction Poster (Van Eaton Galleries)

8) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Attraction Poster

Estimate: $ 7,000- $ 9,000

The original 1956 hand-silkscreened poster for the Disneyland walk-through exhibit was designed by Imagineer Bjorn Aronson. The 54- by 36-inch poster depicts a giant squid framed by the Art Deco porthole of the Nautilus.

Original Disneyland Railroad Chimney Box Design (Van Eaton Galleries)

9) Original Disneyland Railroad Chimney Box Design

Estimate: $ 6,000- $ 8,000

The two pencil sketches on art paper depict the Mount Shasta and Yosemite Falls illustrations that would appear on the chimney box of the 1959 CK Holiday locomotive at Disneyland.

Primeval World Attraction Poster (Van Eaton Galleries)

10) Primeval World Attraction Poster

Estimate: $ 6,000- $ 8,000


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