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Assortment of Collectibles to be Offered at "Story of Disneyland" Exhibit and Auction

Van Eaton Galleries,  one of the world’s premier animation artwork and collectible galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California has announced a vast array of sensational tourist photos from Disneyland’s past. In addition, the gallery has highlighted a large assortment of vintage tourist-related souvenirs, games, toys and collectibles from the famous park bearing Walt Disney’s name.

The Story of Disneyland auction will take place February 28th and March 1st at Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA and offers collectors a wide range of items to choose from. The collection, which numbers close to 1,000 pieces, is the most comprehensive and complete collection to ever come to market and provides an unprecedented narrative into the story of Walt Disney’s beloved Disneyland theme park. With memorabilia dating from the very beginning of Walt’s planning to his expansions in Florida and beyond, this one-of-a-kind rare collection has been amassed over thirty years and includes an extraordinary glimpse into the life of Walt Disney, his close group of original Imagineers, the initial plans for Disneyland and the amazing legacy he left behind.  Collectors and fans will have the chance to experience the magic of Disneyland through the variety of items being offered while being entertained at the sheer nostalgia some of the original tourist photos from the 1960s and beyond bring to life.

Along with the highly anticipated items to be auctioned, which include the original audio-animatronic skeleton from The Pirates of the Caribbean, an original Bob Bushman concept drawing for Tomorrowland, an original Cigar Store Indian from Frontierland and many larger scale items, the collection also offers a glimpse into tourists and visitors from an era past, a trip down memory lane through various photographs and smaller collectibles that were available in the early years of the Disneyland park.

“This collection is beyond extraordinary,” said Mike Van Eaton, Founder & President of Van Eaton Galleries. “But the breadth of this vintage collection offers every collector an opportunity to bid and own a piece of Disneyland history. It tells the story of Disneyland from the beginning like we have never seen before and I am sure we won’t ever see again.”  

Highlights that will appeal to every tourist and fan of Disneyland include and a rare Upjohn Drugstore Complimentary Vitamins in a Box (Disneyland 1957) which was given away at the Upjohn Pharmacy Drugstore . The original vitamins intact and unused in original box (Estimate: $75-150),  A Fantasyland Souvenir Cigarette Box with four ashtrays (Disneyland 1955) which is a very unusual ceramic 3D cigarette box (Disneyland 1955) featuring an image of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (Estimate:$250-$350), a Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant Food Tray (Disneyland 1957) which is a rare piece from the famous restaurant and features an image of the restaurant on the front (Estimate:$800-$900), an Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House paper placement (Disneyland 1955) which is unused from the Pancake House in what is now the River Belle Terrace (Estimate $100-$200), a Submarine Voyage Bath Toy (Disneyland 1959) which is a rare toy from the opening season of the Submarine Voyage attraction (Estimate: $300-$400) and an Original Disneyland Popcorn Box (Disneyland 1956)  with simple graphics that represented the charm of iconic Disneyland design (Estimate: $200-$300).  

Other Main Street tourist related items in the collection include a Randotti Haunted Mansion Souvenir Skull (Disneyland 1970s) made of solid plaster that glows in the dark (Estimate:$100-$200), a Disneyland “Tinkerbell” uncut air-freshener (Disneyland 1956) which is an unusual uncut sheet of images used for hanging in a car to freshen it featuring “Tinkerbell” holding a paper scroll with the Disneyland logo (Estimate: $150-$250), a Jimmy Stewart signed Autopia Driver’s License (Disneyland 1955) signed by the famed actor Jimmy Stewart (Estimate:$200-$400) an Art Corner Souvenir Photograph Mailer from The Jungle Cruise (Disneyland 1958) which was from the park’s section that featured plywood cut-out scenes from around the park where guests could choose a themed cartoon cut out to peek out from and have their photo taken (Estimate:$100-$200) and so many more amazing collectibles. All can be seen via the online catalogue at vegalleries.com.

Hundreds of photographs that bring along the sense of retrospective and a time gone past are available for auction in The Story of Disneyland collection. From quirky and funny to mysteriously interesting the collection of authentic tourist photos offers a story of Disneyland in and of itself. These photographs will be auctioned in group lots and feature various attractions, tourists posing in front of Disneyland landmarks and the candid shots which could only happen in the most magical place on earth – Disneyland.  There are even original photographs showing Walt Disney himself in the park or at various points of building and planning Disneyland.

THE STORY OF DISNEYLAND COLLECTION

Van Eaton Galleries

13613 Ventura Blvd

Sherman Oaks, California 91423

(818) 788-2357

PUBLIC EXHIBITION DATES:

February 7th through February 27th, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Closed Sundays

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION:
February 28th, 2015 11 a.m. PST

Session 2 March 1st, 2015 11 a.m. PST            

HOW TO BID:

Register at www.vegalleries.com/storyofdisneyland.html
Online at www.icollector.com or through www.vegalleries.com/storyofdisneyland.html
The Story of Disneyland Collection Exclusive Catalogs may be purchased at www.vegalleries.com