CHICAGO – Potter and Potter‘s Disneyana & Pop Culture Sale was a thrill ride from start to finish. After a long day of energized bidding, 195 lots realized between $500-1,999; 43 lots sold for between $2,000-9,999; and six lots broke the five-digit mark.
Disney park-used signage and attraction related materials took several of the top slots in this very entertaining sale. A strikingly strong auction performance was earned by a nostalgia-styled Disneyland Park mailbox dating to 1980. Estimated at $1,500-$2,000, it sold for $10,200. Mailboxes such as these were located throughout Disneyland, most notably on Main Street U.S.A.
A different form of nostalgic graphics drove bidders’ interest in an original Sci-Fi Dine-In restaurant exit sign and menu, which was estimated at $200-$400 and scored $2,040. Both were from one of Disney’s most popular restaurants, located at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World; the group also included an original “Speeding Ticket” receipt from 2004.
Disney-related souvenirs and collectibles also did extremely well at midsummer event, such as a collection of Disneyland Trader Sam’s and Tiki mugs, estimated at $100-$200 and sold for $2,400. The lot included limited edition and signed edition vessels, as well as menus, hats, vouchers, event credentials, and other related ephemera.
A huge lot of limited-edition Haunted Mansion event pin sets caught bidders’ attention. Estimated at $100-$200, it realized $2,280. Most of the pins were won via the RSP lottery at numerous Haunted Mansion Events since 2000; others were purchased at pin events.
Park-related concept and planning art were also of great interest to collectors worldwide, chief among them a colorful poster titled The Buildings of Main Street USA by Christopher Buchholz. It was estimated at $60-$90 and made $540.
Reaching fantastic heights was a maquette of Figment the Dragon from the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot, which had carried an estimate of $1,500-$2,500 and soared to $10,200. This purple, pink, and orange example was accompanied by a letter of authenticity (LOA) from the Imagineer who cast it off of the original prototype as a presentation piece and as an example of the character for executives.
Pieces of unusual and quirky pop culture ephemera were also well-represented in the July 30 auction. Most notable among them was a collection of publicity items from the 1955 cult film Teenage Crime Wave, estimated at $100-$200 and sold for $1,350. The group included a folded one-sheet poster, five photo stills, and eight lobby cards.
Also doing well was a lot consisting of five annotated Broadway scripts bound with stiff wrappers. Estimated at $200-$300, it made $1,560. The scripts were for the musicals Annie, Anything Goes, The Wiz, Gypsy, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Rounding out this eclectic sale were tempting selections of autographs, displays, baseball cards, and materials from the estate of Frank Sinatra. A standout was a framed Grateful Dead-themed display including four setlists written in the hand of Jerry Garcia, photographs, and album covers, which was estimated at $600-$800 and realized $5,280. It was accompanied by a letter of provenance from Jerry Garcia Band and Grateful Dead road crew member Billy Grillo.
Tops among the Frank Sinatra material was a framed acrylic on canvas painting by the late singer. Estimated at $10,000-$20,000 it finished at $38,400. The attractive floral-themed work was signed “Sinatra/89” at its lower right and “Frank Sinatra/Rancho Mirage 1989″ on its verso.
View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/