Ten Vintage Disney Collectibles That Sold for More Than a New Car

More than 700 historical artifacts from the Walt Disney Company hit the auction block at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks recently, and bidders went wild. The offerings ranged from a bound storyboard for an uncompleted film, to Annette Funicello’s Mickey Mouse Club ears, to a collection of old railroad drawings that didn’t sell on eBay, but killed at this auction. The ears, Annette’s Mouseketeer sweater, and a number of pieces from the late actress’s personal collection were sold to benefit the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. A few bargains went for the price of a ticket to Disneyland, but ten of them fetched enough to buy a new car. Here’s your reminder to stop at every yard sale and keep your eyes peeled. Are there any hidden Mickeys in granny’s attic?

SOLD! for $25,000 – Walt Disney signed Mickey Mouse doll

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When Walt was a teenager serving in France during World War I, he befriended a pub owner named Alice Howell. In 1932 she paid a visit to the studio and left with this stuffed Mickey with a personal greeting from Walt under the shoes.


SOLD! for $49,000 – The Don Rake collection of Disneyland pre-opening documents

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Railroad engineer Don Rake’s 100-piece collection of ephemera from the original construction of Disneyland in 1955. Plans and drawings of never built attractions, a parking pass, and a temporary ID were all listed on eBay six years ago by his widow, but did not sell at the time


SOLD! for $14,000 – Annette Funicello’s “bronzed” Mickey ears

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Annette Funicello’s personal pair of Mickey Mouse ears painted “bronze” and displayed in a case in her living room for many years.


SOLD! for $30,000 – Original bound set of storyboards for Inspector Bones

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A 149-page book of bound storyboards for a movie that never was. Includes a note from Walt shutting down production of Inspector Bones: The Case of the Scratching Dog (1940)


SOLD! for $40,000 – Extremely rare matched pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse Old King Cole animated window displays

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These Papier-mâché figures are over three feet tall and animated by an electric motor hidden inside. They were used in department stores to lure shoppers into the toy section.


SOLD! for $10,000 – Original production cel and production background from Sleeping Beauty

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This original cel of Prince Phillip on his way to the castle was used in the 1959 film.


SOLD! for $15,000 – Babes in Toyland prop soldier

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A nearly 8-foot-tall prop toy soldier from the 1961 film starring Annette Funicello.


SOLD! for $10,000 – Incredible multi-signed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premier program

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Signed program from the premiere of Snow White at the Carthay Circle Theater in 1937. The jumbo souvenir is signed by Walt Disney and 54 other artists that created the world’s first animated feature film.


SOLD! For $18,000 – Carl Stalling’s hand-written score for “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo!”

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The first original song ever written for a Disney cartoon was Carl Stalling’s Minnie’s Yoo-Hoo. Young Stalling met Walt in Kansas City and followed him out to Hollywood. This is his hand-written score and a copy of the sheet music.    


SOLD! for $80,000 – Kem Weber designed Disney studio furniture

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An original suite of animator’s office furniture including animator’s desk, armoire, floor lamp, and “Airline chair” designed by studio architect Kem Weber.

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