Ever wanted to own a piece of the magic found in Disney parks? Well, if you have deep pockets, a dream that you wish could come true. And it did for these bidders!
In the History of Disneyland Auction held at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, CA 1500 items were offered off a 480-page catalog. Hard-core Disney fans showed up in hopes of being able to obtain a piece of history from Disneyland park to add to their personal memorabilia collections. So, they opened their wallets and Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boo! A piece of magic goes home with you!
Out of the 1500-items auctioned, here were the most expensive pieces:
Original PeopleMover Attraction Vehicle
According to the Orange County Register, The 1967 PeopleMover ride vehicle is one of only 13 known to still exist. Most Disneyland PeopleMover vehicles were destroyed or discarded when the attraction closed in 1995.
The Pre-auction estimate was $25,000 to $35,000. It sold to a winning bidder for $121,000.
We’re not sure what plans the winning bidder has for this PeopleMover ride vehicle. However, we can totally see ourselves enjoying our daily breakfast and coffee in a PeopleMover-ride-vehicle-turned-dinette-table in our Kitchen. Too much? Nah!
Walt Disney-Signed Opening Day Guidebook
The 22-page 1955 guidebook is filled with concept art of Disneyland and explains Walt Disney’s vision and concept for the theme park. The guidebook was available leading up to the opening day of Disneyland in 1955 and is signed on the inside cover by Walt Disney.
The pre-auction estimate was $7,000-$9,000. It sold for $67,760.
Original Space Mountain Attraction Vehicle
This vehicle sold for $48,400. The pre-auction estimate: $25,000-$50,000. It included a certificate of authenticity. Our favorite feature? It donned the original glow in the dark side panels. We miss those!
We would have guessed this would have gone for a higher price; considering the popularity of this attraction! However, there is that pesky detail… what does one do with a Space Mountain attraction vehicle? I’m sure the new owners will think up something fun!
Candlestick Phone from Walt Disney’s Apartment
This candlestick telephone was used by Walt Disney in the 1960s and remained in his personal apartment above Disneyland’s fire station through the 1980s. The pre-auction estimate was $2,000-$3,000. It sold for $43,560.
PeopleMover SuperSpeed Tunnel Attraction Poster
According to the auction house, this extremely rare and scarce park-used poster is believed to be the only surviving example ever offered for public sale. The pre-auction estimate was between $30,000- $50,000. It sold for $36,300.
1953 Disneyland Prospectus WED Enterprises File Copy
This Disneyland prospectus comes from the estate of Imagineer Marty Sklar. It is one of the only rare documents that has surfaced at public auction in the past 20 years. It sold for $30,250.
Mark Twain Entrance Sign
This original 1980s wooden sign was displayed over the entrance of the riverboat dock at Disneyland sold for $27,225.
Adventure Through Inner Space Atommobile Prop
The extremely rare 1967 prop comes from Disneyland’s Tomorrowland dark ride that simulated shrinking riders to the size of an atom. It sold for a winning bid of $22,990. The pre-auction estimate was between $6,000-$8,000.
Disneyland 60th Anniversary Blue Diamond
The diamond anniversary prize was presented by Frozen’s Anna and Elsa to the lucky winner along with a custom display base and a hand-painted certificate. A tiny hidden Mickey is etched into the 2-carat diamond.
The diamond was valued at $15,300 by an independent jeweler and $19,000 by Disney. It sold at the auction for $19,360.
Did any of the item’s sale prices surprise you? We were surprised at the value of the guidebook, which sold for more than 10 times its estimated value. If you had unlimited funds, which one would you have bid on? Let us know in the comments!