The Sherman Oaks-based Van Eaton Galleries will host an auction on July 7 that includes over 100 Disney-related lots. Titled “A Brief History of the Walt Disney Studios,” the exhibition and auction have items stretching over 100 years and range from very early hand-drawn sketches to pieces recently used in Disney parks.
Many are directly linked to Walt Disney himself, including a tape recording from his very last visit to Disneyland prior to his passing and hand-written notes from many of his speeches over the years. One lot includes over 100 photos of Walt Disney and associates on a camping journey, while another consists of a party photo of Mary Blair in a Halloween costume. Other pieces up for auction include an original stock certificate from 1922 for Laugh-O-Gram signed by Walt Disney himself and a 1940s animators desk from Walt Disney Studios.
Some of the most notable items are arguably those used inside Disneyland, including circa 1970s walk-around character heads and signage from multiple attractions.
After years of most theme park props heading to the landfill, used theme park memorabilia has become extremely popular among fans, with pieces regularly going for thousands of dollars.
Locally, Theme Park Connection saw some success,
The Van Eaton Galleries auction features over 600 items that, according to Mike Van Eaton, “represent the dreams and collective effort of Walt Disney and his talented team of animators and staff.”
For those who can’t make it to Sherman Oaks on July 7, bids are accepted via mail, fax, phone and online.
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