CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce its Disneyana & Pop Culture Auction, an almost 900 lot sale to be held on July 30 starting at 10am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Original park used vehicles and apparatus take many of the top lot slots in this exciting sale, led by a Walt Disney World (WDW) Haunted Mansion framed Stretching Portrait from the 2000s, estimated at $50,000-$80,000. This canvas proof of concept example is based on original artwork by Marc Davis and features “Constance Hatchaway.” It was used at several Disney events and in a traveling exhibition.
Sure to rev up bidders is a WDW Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride “Ratty” vehicle from 1971, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. This original, partially restored cart is marked Number 24 and was used to take guests through the ride. It features two steering wheels and is mounted on a base with lockable wheels for easy movement.
Another standout is a trio of automata in the form of Pinocchio, Geppetto, and Figaro, estimated at $10,000-$20,000. These figures recreate the scene from Disney’s 1940 film when Pinocchio, Geppetto, and Figaro celebrate Pinocchio becoming a real boy. They were originally part of a Disneyland window display set next to the Main Street USA attraction’s Bank of America during the 1968 holiday season.
Especially alluring is a Disneyland Haunted Mansion “13th Hour” ghost mechanical hand shadow from the 1970s, estimated at $6,000-$8,000. This mechanical metal hand rotated to cast a shadow on the clock in the attraction and was mounted behind ride vehicles together with a light to create this iconic effect.
Silk-screened posters advertising classic as well as newer Disney attractions are also hot tickets at this Disneyana sale. A standout among standouts is a 1961 poster promoting the debut of Disneyland’s Monorail, estimated at $8,000-$10,000. Designed by Paul Hartley, this 54 by 36in example is especially notable for its unique metallic grey paint which gives the image an extra shimmer.
Another strong candidate is a Frontierland/Matterhorn poster for the attraction’s legacy bobsled rides, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. This linen backed piece was produced by Walt Disney Productions in 1959 and designed by Paul Hartley.
Park-worn cast member costumes and accessories appear in the lineup as well, including an early Disneyland cast member pin, estimated at $1,000-$2,000. It dates from the 1950s, bears the number 6194, and has a unique oval design.
Important Disney ephemera is well-represented in this sale by a framed Magician Mickey animation model sheet, estimated at $200-$400. It was produced for the use of animators at Walt Disney Studios during production of the 1937 classic animated short and includes a certificate of authenticity.
Rare and contemporary Disney collectibles round out the selections, led by a limited edition Scrooge McDuck “Hands Off My Playthings” bronze sculpture by Carl Barks, estimated at $6,000-$8,000. This piece features the miserly bird standing atop a pile of gold coins with cane raised, ready to fight off anyone who comes too close to his money.
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