Van Eaton Galleries Offers Chance to Own Rare Disney Paintings, Collectibles, and a Document Signed by Walt Disney
Besides sending people down memory lane, Disneyland has established a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that attracts people of all ages. Disneyland was initially named “The Mickey Mouse Park” and even “Disneylandia” for a brief period. The rise of Disneyland elevated characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and many others to celebrity status.
In its upcoming two-day auction, Van Eaton Galleries will offer close to 800 pieces of Disney memorabilia. The event, titled A Visit to Disneyland, highlights the company’s newest selection of Disney Parks items. The collection features an original Skyway vehicle, original Christian Lassen Disney paintings, documents signed by Walt Disney, park props, Disney store displays, and more.
Christian R. Lassen’s Original Disney Paintings
Day 1 of Van Eaton Galleries’ A Visit to Disneyland event will present two original paintings by Christian Riese Lassen. A world-renowned marine artist, Lassen is well-known for highlighting the interconnection between heaven and the sea in his works. One available painting, titled Sorcerer of the Sea, depicts Sorcerer Mickey perched on a sea rock controlling the sky and sea with a magical spell.
Sorcerer of the Sea and its pair, Seaside Romance, was once stolen during a Las Vegas art heist. Those involved left no traces and were never captured. An unsuspecting collector purchased the paintings before returning them to the original gallery upon realizing their history. Sorcerer of the Sea is estimated to sell between USD 40,000 to $60,000 in the upcoming auction. Lassen’s Seaside Romance painting has the same estimate.
Skyway Original Bucket Vehicle
Originally, Disneyland offered Skyway buckets to give visitors tours of the park. An original Skyway bucket vehicle that operated at a Disneyland attraction between 1965 and 1994 is available for sale in this auction (estimate: $100,000 – $200,000). This blue Skyway bucket is notable for its rounded rectangular shape, interior seats, and a functional door on one side.
Walt Disney & Family Signed Stock Assignment Document
A rare document containing signatures by many significant members of the Disney family is available for sale on Day 1 of the upcoming auction. It is an original legal document detailing a two-page stock sale assignment to Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane Marie Disney, with signatures by Walt Disney, Roy O. Disney, Lillian Disney, and Edna Disney. Walt Disney Productions’ legal counsel and Vice President Gunther Lessing approved the contract. These five important autographs appear together on black lines at the bottom of page two. The document may sell for up to $20,000.
In addition to fine art, sculptures, and documents, Van Eaton Galleries will also offer collectible pieces. These include a rare Cinderella Castle Imagineering construction blueprint (estimate: $1,000 – $2,000), a Pinocchio’s Daring Journey model by Robert Olszewski (estimate: $1,000 – $1,500), and merchandise from the Star Wars franchise.
Interested bidders can head to LiveAuctioneers to view the full catalog or place a bid. Day 1 of this auction will start at 1:00 PM EST on December 18, 2021; Day 2 starts at the same time on December 19, 2021.
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