Disney dragon, Sinatra canvas soar at Potter & Potter sale

Maquette of Figment the Dragon, $10,200

Maquette of Figment the Dragon, $10,200

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.

Disneyland Park mailbox dating to 1980, $10,200

Disneyland Park mailbox dating to 1980, $10,200

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.

Original Sci-Fi Dine-In restaurant exit sign and menu, $2,040

Original Sci-Fi Dine-In restaurant exit sign and menu, $2,040

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.

Collection of Disneyland Trader Sam’s and Tiki mugs, $2,400

Collection of Disneyland Trader Sam’s and Tiki mugs, $2,400

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.

The Buildings of Main Street USA poster, $540

The Buildings of Main Street USA poster, $540

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.

Collection of publicity items from the 1955 cult film ‘Teenage Crime Wave,’ $1,350

Collection of publicity items from the 1955 cult film ‘Teenage Crime Wave,’ $1,350

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.

Five annotated Broadway scripts, $1,560

Five annotated Broadway scripts, $1,560

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.

Framed Grateful Dead-themed display, $5,280

Framed Grateful Dead-themed display, $5,280

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.

Acrylic on canvas by Frank Sinatra, $38,400

Acrylic on canvas by Frank Sinatra, $38,400

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.

 

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