Disney Parks auctions typically bring in high-dollar amounts, and the one that was held over the weekend of August 15 and 16 was no different.
Just a month after Disneyland Resort’s 65th anniversary, the Van Eaton Galleries held a virtual auction to commemorate this milestone occasion. The auction featured over 1,000 items from over the 65 years that Disneyland has been open. Disney fans from all over bid on these unique items that greatly exceeded what the auction was expecting.
Vintage Disneyland Memorabilia
Vintage items from Disneyland are in high demand because it is in memoriam of Walt Disney himself and how The Happiest Place on Earth began. Though he had a team of Imagineers that help him make all of it possible, the concept of Disneyland all came from inside Walt Disney’s head and heart.
These items may represent the past, but it also represents the present and future because Walt always pushed his team to be imaginative and innovative about the things that they created, hence them being called Imagineers. He wanted them to think further than the present, which is why each of the Disney Parks have a Tomorrowland or an area that represents that.
Tomorrowland’s Space Mountain
Many Disney fans love Tomorrowland and the Tomorrowland posters that advertise it at Disney Parks around the world. One of the most iconic Tomorrowland attractions at not only Disneyland, but also Walt Disney World and other parks, is Space Mountain. This fan-favorite ride gives Guests a glimpse into what space travel feels like (at least, the Disney version of space travel!).
It was no surprise that one of the original Space Mountain attraction vehicles was the auction item that took the second highest bid. To find out what item beat this out with the highest bid along with the other nine items that took the top ten bids, check out the list below.
“Navigate through a vast futuristic space station as you make your way to Mission Control. Board a sleek flight vehicle and prepare yourself for a high-flying adventure to the furthest reaches of space.
Ascend slowly through a swirling solar field as your rocket powers up. Plunge through a spectacular spiral nebula and then, when the countdown ends—hang on tight!
As you hurtle forward into infinite darkness, your rocket darts and twists in the void, speeding faster and faster. Feel the g-force as you careen into the unknown!
Immersive sound effects and evocative music add to the intense sensory experience.
Brave the most epic journey of your Earthbound life and accept your mission—to conquer Space Mountain.”
10 Most Expensive Disneyland Auction Items
Below are items that sold for the highest prices at the auction, as reported by OC Register:
- Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Entrance Sign: $56,250
- Original Space Mountain Attraction Vehicle: $53,125
- Enchanted Tiki Room Fountain Shield Prop: $29,375
- Original Fantasyland Attraction Poster: $23,750
- Pirates of the Caribbean Entrance Sign Artist’s Proof: $17,500
- Splash Mountain FastPass Sign: $15,000
- Joe Fowler Signed Disneyland Letter: $11,875
- Disneyland Insurance Engineering Report and Fold Out Map: $10,625
- Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction Poster: $10,625
- Original Blue Bayou Table and Chairs: $7,187
Would you ever bid on Disney Parks memorabilia at an auction like this? Do you own any vintage Disney Parks items? Let us know in the comments!