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Disney Collector to "Let It (All) Go" at Huge Auction This Month

"That's From Disneyland" auction
(Van Eaton Galleries)
While many of us are trying to find ways to part with the childhood items in our homes that we feel shackled down with, Van Easton Galleries have found new ways for Disney fans to think again about adding to their treasures. The “That’s from Disneyland” auction will be a two-day event happening later this month and while most of the stuff will be out of range price-wise for the average person, you are invited to attend a free exhibition of the stuff going on now in Los Angeles through August 24, 2018.

"That's From Disneyland" auction
(Van Eaton Galleries)
One of the largest auctions of its kind, “That from Disneyland” features some great stuff from “mega collector” and Disney enthusiast Richard Kraft and includes original pre-1955 concept art, ride vehicles, props, attraction posters, paper goods, toys and more. As described in the auction catalog, this has been a labor of love for 25 years. Richard and his brother David took annual trips to Disneyland with their parents while growing up. About 25 years ago, David passed away, so Richard would re-visit the park to relive his happy memories with his sibling. Soon, just visiting Disneyland wasn't enough for him. He wanted more.

“What started as Emporium-purchased souvenirs such as maps and guidebooks, expanded into owning actual pieces of the park,” says Kraft. “My first actual Disneyland and artifact was an “Autopia” attraction poster, which perfectly captured the gee-wilikers, retro-yet-futuristic vibe of a father and son racing toward an extraordinary adventure. Once I had that, I went on a quest to acquire them all…With everything now in storage, I turned to the wisdom of our era’s greatest poet, Elsa, who once memorably proclaimed, ‘Let it go!’”

Some items up for sale include:

  • A 1956 Disneyland felt pennant with starting bids from $200-$300.
  • A 1963 United Air Lines Disneyland Travel Poster with a starting bid between $2,000 and $4,000
  • A large Cinderella window display that was created sometime in the 1970’s and featured in one of Main Street’s window. Starting bids will go from $4,000-$6,000.
  • An original “Doom Buggy” from The Haunted Mansion going for anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000.

"That's From Disneyland" auction
(Van Eaton Galleries)
The auction will take place on August 25 and 26 at the same location as the pop up exhibition – 13730 Riverside, Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. If you cannot attend, you can also bid online. The entire catalog featuring everything that is up for auction is also posted there as well.

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