It never ceases to amaze me how many authentic Disneyland props have ended up in the hands of collectors over the years. The Walt Disney Archives can only hold so much and many of these pieces of history end up going to an employee or even in the trash. And you know what they say, “One Mouse’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In this case, you will soon be able to bid on an authentic Haunted Mansion stretching room portrait in an auction coming up very soon.
That’s right, an auction being held in Calabasas, California is auctioning the above Haunted Mansion stretching room portrait measuring 42″ x 121″ and printed on canvas. It even has slot holes in the top and bottom of the canvas where it was mounted on rollers in Disneyland until it was swapped out in 1972. The version being bid on is believed to be in use between 1969 and 1972. It’s in very good condition and is estimated to go for between $20,000 and $30,000. Chump change, right?
If you’re more of a Tomorrowland fan, then this Autopia fiberglass shell might be of interest. This style of shell was introduced in 1969 and was in use until 1999. This auction does not include the wheels pictured (those were never in use and just for show), but you can tell from the picture the fiberglass has some scuffing from general wear and tear. Expected to go for $1,500 to $2,500.
Forget about everything else. This should make any hardcore Disney fan drool. Seen above is a set of blueprints for Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square in St. Louis. Before Walt Disney World, Walt and his team had some serious sights set on St. Louis before locking in the land of Central Florida. The park was to be built inside an atrium for year-round visitation. Main Street would have been split into two halves: one containing New Orleans Square found in Disneyland complete with a Pirates of the Caribbean ride and even a Blue Bayou restaurant. The other half was based on St. Louis around the turn of the century. Proposed attractions included a Jean Lafitte Adventure (a boat ride seen above) and a Lewis and Clark Adventure (also seen above).
Most interesting was the park had minimal land, and in this case, was designed to be built vertically in floors as opposed to the traditional “lands” of Disney parks we know today. Both of these items are up for auction and expected to go for between $5,000 and $10,000. Whoever gets them, please e-mail me! I would love to get a more detailed look at this.
All of these auction lots were donated by Annette Funicello’s husband, Glen Holt. Seen above is the Disney Legends Award Annette received on October 21, 1992, one day before her 50th birthday. Well, almost the exact one. Actually, this is a replacement the Walt Disney Company issued her after Funicello’s home was destroyed by a fire in 2011. It is expected to go for between $2,000 to $3,000.
All of the money raised from these auction items, including Annette Funicello’s dancing shoes she wore on the Mickey Mouse Club seen above, are going to The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. For those who aren’t familiar, Annette was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and passed away from complications from the disease in 2013. I had the pleasure of meeting Annette several times over the years at various Disney fan events and she was always warm and genuine.
Finally, if you’ve got the dough, you can bid on this hand painted production cels used in the production of Lady and the Tramp expected to go for $40,000 to $50,000. Trimmed cels applied to the pan production background measuring 11 x 26 in and were prepared at the Disney Studio for presentation. For more information on this auction and to see other items visit www.profilesinhistory.com!
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