As we reported last month, Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California held the Disneyland 65th anniversary auction on August 15th and 16th. The auction featured hundreds of Disneyland memorabilia fetching more $50,000 apiece which drew hard-core Disney fans that were anxious to add a piece of the Anaheim theme park’s history to their personal collections.
The 376-page catalog for the two-day auction contained more than 1,100 items designed to make Disney collectors drool. It included everything from ride vehicles to animatronic figures to cast member attire.
So what were the biggest surprises of the auction? A Blue Bayou table and chair set that went for 10 times its estimated value and a Splash Mountain FastPass sign that garnered 15 times what the auction house expected!
The OC Register collected the 10 most expensive Disneyland items sold during the auction and included the pre-auction estimated prices:
- Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Entrance Sign
Auction sale price: $56,250 / Pre-auction estimate: $50,000 to $70,000
The 58-inch-tall banjo-shaped sign hung over the entrance of film and television star Don DeFore’s Frontierland restaurant from 1957 to 1962.
The original-lighted sign with hand-painted lettering and a metal body was displayed in DeFore’s home for years after the Disneyland restaurant closed.
2. Original Space Mountain Attraction Vehicle
Auction sale price: $53,125 / Pre-auction estimate: $50,000 to $60,000
The 10-foot-long Space Mountain ride vehicle is from the opening year of the Tomorrowland attraction.
The coaster train has minor wear from use, but has been restored to museum quality, according to the auction catalog.
The vehicle still has the original speakers and working audio.
3. Enchanted Tiki Room Fountain Shield Prop
Auction sale price: $29,375 / Pre-auction estimate: $4,000 to $6,000
The hand-painted shield designed by Imagineer Rolly Crump surrounded the large fountain at the center of the show.
4. Original Fantasyland Attraction Poster
Auction sale price: $23,750 / Pre-auction estimate: $4,000 to $6,000
The 1955 hand-silkscreened poster by Bjorn Aronson features the Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and King Arthur Carrousel attractions.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean Entrance Sign Artist’s Proof
Auction sale price: $17,500 / Pre-auction estimate: $800 to $1,000An “incredibly rare” hand-numbered silkscreened test run proof for the entrance to the “thrilling adventure cruise through dark mysterious caverns where ‘dead men tell no tales.’”
6. Splash Mountain FastPass Sign
Auction sale price: $15,000 / Pre-auction estimate: $800 to $1,000
A “very rare” 63-inch-tall free standing sign composed of dense foam with a hard fiberglass coating covering a metal pole.
7. Joe Fowler Signed Disneyland Letter
Auction sale price: $11,875 / Pre-auction estimate: $200 to $400
A 1967 inter-office letter written by Disneyland general manager Joe Fowler on the first anniversary of the park after Walt Disney’s death.
8. Disneyland Insurance Engineering Report and Fold Out Map
Auction sale price: $10,625 / Pre-auction estimate: $4,000 to $6,000
An 11-page fire safety report created in August 1955 for Disneyland with a 36- by 54-inch one-of-a-kind map created specifically for the report.
9. Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction Poster
Auction sale price: $10,625 / Pre-auction estimate: $7,000 to $10,000
The “extremely rare” 1967 hand-screened attraction poster designed by Collin Campbell is difficult to find and in demand among collectors.
10. Original Blue Bayou Table and Chairs
Auction sale price: $7,187 / Pre-auction estimate: $500 to $700
The “very rare” park-used furniture from the 2000s reflects the architectural style of New Orleans Square.