If you’ve always wanted to own a piece of vintage Disney memorabilia—maybe even something signed by Walt himself—now’s your chance. Beginning today, more than 700 pieces of Disneyana, from the early studio days to the post-Walt era, will be going up for sale at Van Eaton Galleries. Here are 12 of our favorites.
1. ORIGINAL PRODUCTION DRAWINGS FROM STEAMBOAT WILLIE
The first cartoon with synchronized sound, Mickey’s debut was drawn by animator and Walt Disney collaborator Ub Iwerks. Original drawings from the cartoon are expected to go for $2000 to $3000.
2. MICKEY MOUSE DOLL SIGNED BY WALT DISNEY
The Mickey Mouse doll itself is worth quite a bit—an unsigned version is expected to sell for $3000 to $5000—but this one is signed by Walt Disney himself, and comes with an interesting back story. When Disney was just a teen, he joined a civilian Red Cross ambulance unit and was assigned as a driver in Neufchâteau, France. He met the owner of a local canteen while he was there, and ended up developing kind of a surrogate son relationship with her. In 1932, she came to visit him in the U.S, and he presented her with a Mickey Mouse doll. The personalized signature on the bottom of the feet reads:
“To Miss Alice Howell
From your former chauffeur at the Red Cross at Neufchateau. Sincerely, Walt Disney.”
It is expected to sell for $25,000 to $30,000.
3. SNOW WHITE PREMIERE—SIGNED PROGRAM
This program—from the December 21, 1937 premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—includes 55 signatures. That includes Disney’s and seven of his Nine Old Men. It should fetch somewhere around $10,000 to $15,000.
4. ORIGINAL KEM WEBER FURNITURE SET FROM DISNEY STUDIOS
In 1940, Disney opened Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The furniture for the new digs was designed by famed architect Kem Weber. This complete set includes an animator’s desk and disk, a wardrobe, desk lamp, desk chair, floor lamp, a rare Kem Weber “Airline” chair, trash can, and ashtray. The set is expected to go for $60,000 to $80,000.
5. SONG OF THE SOUTH CONCEPT ART BY KEN ANDERSON
Because of its controversial issues, any Song of the South items are generally hard to come by. That makes this concept art by animator Ken Anderson particularly valuable—to the tune of $6000 to $8000.
6. TRANSCRIPT OF A CINDERELLA PRODUCTION MEETING WITH WALT DISNEY
Ever wonder what taking a meeting with Walt Disney would be like? Buy this transcript of a meeting from the production of Cinderella, and you’ll know. The meeting concerned a scene featuring a singing lesson and “The Bubble Song.” It should go for $500 to $1000.
7. ORIGINAL MICKEY MOUSE CLUB COSTUMES
Costumes from the original Mickey Mouse Club that aired from 1955 to 1979 will be up for sale. Choose between one of Cubby’s outfits ($5000 to $7000) or Linda’s dress with Cheryl’s apron ($3000 to $5000). Also up for grabs: One of Annette Funicello’s red turtleneck sweaters emblazoned with her name ($1000 to $2000), and a western shirt she wore on the show ($5000 to $7000). The proceeds from any Annette-related items will benefit The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.
8. DISNEYLAND PRE-OPENING DOCUMENTS
An extremely rare collection of materials from the construction of Disneyland will be on the auction block for $20,000 to $30,000. As they worked on the Disneyland Railroad, Disney called in Don Rake, a former railroad engineer. He helped them with the designs, and as such, his collection includes early brown lines for the park, including some features that were never realized. The documents also include Rake’s car pass and temporary I.D., railroad designs, personal papers, and handwritten notes.
9. CONCEPTS FOR CHANTICLEER, A MOVIE THAT WAS NEVER MADE
Chanticleer was an animated film that had been on and off the table several times since the 1930s. It never made it to the big screen, of course, but these 28 drawings from animator Walt Peregoy survived. They’re expected to go for $5000 to $10,000.
10. TEST RECORDINGS FOR SONGS FROM THE JUNGLE BOOK
A set of three master acetates from The Jungle Book include tests for Phil Harris, the voice of Baloo—and also an unused version of “Bare Necessities” performed by Thurl Ravenscroft. Fourteen pieces of sheet music are also included in the package, which is expected to go for $1000 to $2000.
11. THE CONDUCTOR’S SCORE FOR BAMBI
Composed by Frank Churchill and Ed Plumb, the official conductor’s score contains a large number of handwritten notations. It should go for $7000 to $10,000.
12. CHAMBER POTS THAT SERVED AS NEW BABY GIFTS
If you’re looking for an odd piece of Disney memorabilia, look no further than these chamber pots. Disney purchased the pottery to give to employees when they had babies during the 1950s to 1960s. Each one will likely go for $2000 to $3000.