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Iconic Disney Memorabilia Part of Upcoming Profiles in History Auction

30 November 2010 No Comment

If you’d like to own a piece of Disney history, and you have a spare $30,000 lying around, then I may have just the deal for you.

An dizzying assortment of Hollywood memorabilia, including many truly amazing Disney collectibles, will be offered at Profile in History’s upcoming Winter Auction, Hollywood Auction 43.

With a focus primarily on Hollywood history, the collection will feature a little something for everyone, including Marty McFly’s Hoverboard and Biff’s cane from “Back to the Future II,” as well as props and costumes from the Star Wars and Star Trek series (can you imagine showing up to Comic-Con in one of these?)  But the stars of the show for any Disney enthusiast are the many rare pieces from the company’s history, ranging from ride decor to concept art to movie props.

Perhaps the most interesting Disney piece to be auctioned will be one of the original stretching room oil paintings from Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.  And by painting, we mean painting:  according to the auction catalog, the work is handpainted acrylic on heavy canvas, rather than the reproduction print that we’ve all grown accustomed to in recent years.  The work is purported to have been featured in the attraction for the first three years after it opened in 1969.  And at 42 inches wide and 121 inches tall, here’s hoping that you have the wall space to display the painting, provided that you can come up with the $30,000-50,000 that the work is expected to command.

If you’ve filled up some wall space but still have room to spare, then you may consider an original piece of a Casey Jr. train car, which once graced the Fantasyland ride.  Expected to sell for $20,000-25,000, this might be a little closer to your budget.

Other noteworthy pieces include a piece of Mary Blair concept art from “Alice in Wonderland” that looks as though our fair heroine strayed into a Dali painting.

Another beautiful work, this one by Disney artist Eyvind Earle, depicts Sleeping Beauty through a narrow castle window.  Expected value for these paintings ranges widely, from $7,000 to $20,000.

Movie props and models abound as well.  At least two revolvers from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are available for purchase, as are many of the puppets from the stop-animation classic Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The auction catalog is available for download, or can be purchased.  The auction will take place December 17-18 in at 12 noon PST at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  Will you bid?  If so, let us know!

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