Disneyland, known as “the happiest place on earth,” has helped millions of people from all over the world create special memories that last a lifetime and these memories are priceless. Unless you choose to auction off props and artifacts from this special place as you may end up pulling in over $8 million, which the exhibit’s collector Richard Craft is putting towards a good cause.
For several years now, the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California have been home to impressive Disneyland and Disney Parks-themed auctions and exhibits, where fans can see thousands of artifacts from theme park history on display.
This month at a special pop-up exhibit called “That’s From Disneyland!”, hosted in a much larger storefront nearby to the main auction house, has attracted a tremendous amount of attention from media and Disney collectors alike. From all of this attention, the exhibit’s auction this past weekend was able to draw in record-breaking bids for some of its 900-piece collection of historic items.
Some highlights from this past weekend’s auction include an original Flying Dumbo car ($483,000), a Skyway Gondola from the 1960’s ($621,000) and the neon “D” from the Disneyland Hotel, which sold to famous magician David Copperfield for $86,250, Forbes reports.
In total, the auction brought in over $8.3 million for Kraft.
Reuters reports Kraft intends to donate a portion of his earnings to organizations for children suffering from the rare genetic disorder Coffin-Siris Syndrome, and other special needs, like his four-year-old daughter, Daisy.
For an even more in-depth look at this exhibit, be sure to check out our earlier coverage of “That’s From Disneyland!” auction.