Original 1957 Haunted Mansion prospectus part of rare Disney artwork for sale at Heritage Auctions

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We recently got a preview at some of the rare, vintage Disney artwork up for grabs at the Heritage Animation Auction, and now we have a closer look at one of the most exciting items: the original 1957 Haunted Mansion prospectus.

Heritage Auctions offers some interesting facts about the history of the prospectus:

Here is one of the single most important lots we have ever offered in relation to Disneyland. After reviewing a Ghost House in one of Harper Goff’s original concept sketches, Walt Disney gave the idea of a Ghost House to Ken Anderson. Mr. Anderson and Mr. Disney then visited the “Winchester Mystery House” in San Jose California. Walt asked Ken Anderson to create a story for a theme park haunted house. This is the group of extensive hand-typed notes and preliminary plans for a Disneyland “Haunted House.” It is in a soft binder with a label that reads, “2nd Revision September 17 ‘The Haunted House’ By Ken Anderson.” This has his notes from the Winchester House visit, with his entire 24-page story for the attraction. The binder has a two-page table of contents and a spec page for the Winchester House. Also included are two small sheets with his notes on the Winchester House dimensions. Also included, a folded 30″ x 18″ architectural drawing print of the inside of the proposed ride. Print reads Ken Anderson 9/2/57. This plan is loose. The Front Elevation plan is in the last page of the binder and is a fold-out. Minor handling, edge wear and folds to two architectural plans. Good condition.

Take a look at a few pages from the work that went into the beloved Haunted Mansion attraction (click each photo to enlarge).

Current bidding for the Haunted Mansion prospectus stands at $1,600 and the auction ends on July 1.

For more information, visit the Heritage Auctions website.

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