Treasure Trove of Merchandise and Artifacts Soon Up For Auction

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Cover of Auction Catalog from Van Eaton Galleries

Coming to Los Angeles on June 18th is an auction of Disney lover’s dreams! Van Eaton Galleries will be hosting the “Collecting Disney” auction, that will contain over 700 pieces of Disney merchandise and historical items from the Disney archives.

Some of the items that will be up for auction is one of the first Mickey Mouse dolls ever made, and is even signed by Walt Disney himself (estimated value $50,000-$70,000). There will also be furniture from Walt Disney’s office (est. $60,000-$80,000), and early artwork from “Plane Crazy” and “Steamboat Willie” (about $4,000 a piece). Some of the items are even coming from Annette Funicello’s estate, which will be auctioned to benefit The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.

What’s unique about this particular Disney auction is the focus on the history of the Disney studios and archives.

“It wasn’t the films the made the studio so much, it was the merchandise, the marketing of the characters that really made Disney what it is today and that’s what we’re trying to show in this auction,” Van Eaton said.

The auction is estimated to collect between $2-$3 million! This definitely sounds like a Disney auction that is not to be missed to avid collectors.

For those not planning to bid, but want to check out this unbelievable collection will have the chance to view them on exhibit at the Van Eaton Galleries from May 25th through June 17th.

Photo Credit: Van Eaton Galleries

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