Last week we attended the preview for Van Eaton Galleries’ upcoming auction, The Story of Disneyland, which features a mind-boggling array of art and artifacts from the Disney parks amassed by a single collector. Patrick had a chance to chat with him a bit and learned that he’s been collecting for 30 years and found a lot of the items in estate sales and by being in the right place at the right time. Now he’s down-sizing in preparation for a move. But what I want to know is, if this is the stuff he’s selling, what treasures must he be keeping?!

While most of the best lots are way out of our price range (anyone wanna give me 15 grand for that Enchanted Tiki Room flower boat?), the auction also includes more affordable ephemera, including gorgeously illustrated pamphlets and colorful shopping bags. (Just be sure to check eBay first if you’re considering bidding, since some of the items can be found there for a lot less than the estimated bid amounts for this auction).

The preview was like a smaller, friendlier museum exhibit, including carts out front dispensing free churros, popcorn and Dole Whips. I loved being able to get up close to original artwork by John Hench, Herb Ryman and Sam McKim, not to mention being closer than anyone ever used to be able to get to the booze-drinking pirate or the tiki birds!

Here’s a TON of photos Patrick took for you guys. You can find complete details for each item (and its estimated selling price) in the official auction catalog.

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Original Storybookland building perched atop a table and chairs from Club 33

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I love how the Sign Department’s own sign is more elaborately detailed than just about anything actually in Disneyland!

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Original finial from the roof of the Dole Whip booth at Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, which was saved from demolition by an Imagineer when the shack was rebuilt in 2000.

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How amazing is this TIki Room Hostess dress? That pattern!

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“Back off, man!”

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Original John Hench concept art for men’s Haunted Mansion costume

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These apples from Snow White’s Scary Adventures are super-rare because so many of them were stolen.

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Fish from Submarine Voyage!

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Devil from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!

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Hard to shoot cuz it was up so high, but this is Herb Ryman’s concept for the entry to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom

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Seat from the Chicken of the Sea Restaurant – you know, the one in the pirate ship!

If you’re planning to bid, best of luck! And I’d love to know if you win anything!


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