Credit: Van Eaton Galleries

Upcoming Disney Auction Includes Vintage Park Art, Costumes, Trash Can from Polynesian Resort & More

Want a piece of Disney history? Well, a big Disney auction is scheduled to take place with Van Eaton Galleries on August 15 and 16, 2020 and features “Disneyland: The First 65 Years”.


As shared on the Van Eaton Galleries webpage: Van Eaton Galleries is proud to present “Disneyland: The First 65 Years,” an auction of over 1000 artifacts of Disney Parks history! This large exhibit and two-day auction tells the history of Disneyland and Walt Disney World through rare props, signage, costumes, vintage souvenirs, attraction posters, and much more. Highlights of this auction include original Walt Disney autographs, rare 16mm films of some of Disneyland’s earliest Lessees, park-used attraction vehicles, an original mock-up for the Pirates of the Caribbean guidebook, Disney Legend Milt Albright’s original 1955 cast member no. 10 metal ID badge, huge park used signage, and a plethora of other one-of-a-kind items.

“Disneyland: The First 65 Years” will be held Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. The on-site auction, held in Sherman Oaks, California, will follow COVID-19 guidelines, but it also will be streamed live and bids can be made by phone or online.

As shared by the Orlando Sentinel: On the Disneyland side of things, artifacts up for grabs include a sign from the Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbeque, an opening-day restaurant, that the auction house estimates will bring in between $60,000 and $80,000.

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Among the auction’s other notable items from the Anaheim park are a gold VIP ticket to Disneyland’s opening day in 1955, an original Space Mountain ride vehicle, a Haunted Mansion tombstone prop and a rifle from the Main Street Shooting Gallery.

Offered items from Walt Disney World theme parks are generally not anticipated to be as pricey, although a trash can from the Polynesian resort that reads “Waste please, mahalo” is expected to draw bids between $2,000 and $3,000. Other expected big-ticket items include an Epcot preview book created for President Jimmy Carter ($2,000-$4,000) and a poster for the “coming soon” Mickey’s PhilharMagic attraction ($3,000-$5,000).

A preview book for Epcot was made for President Jimmy Carter. It's one of the the items up for bid in the "Disneyland: The First 65 Years" exhibit and auction in August.
A preview book for Epcot was made for President Jimmy Carter. It’s one of the the items up for bid in the “Disneyland: The First 65 Years” exhibit and auction in August. (Van Eaton Galleries / Courtesy photo)

The WDW items include many paper goods such as 1970s brochures, manuals and press packets. There’s a Hall of Presidents maintenance manual supplement that was issued after Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford animatronics were added to the Magic Kingdom attraction.

Other possibilities include costumes from the Walt Disney World Marching Band, Universe of Energy (with Exxon patch), Epcot’s Soarin’, Tower of Terror and the Great Movie Ride, formerly of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are doormats from the Contemporary and the Grand Floridian hotels.

A uniform worn by members of the Walt Disney World Marching Band is up for auction along with 1,100 other Disney-related items.
A uniform worn by members of the Walt Disney World Marching Band is up for auction along with 1,100 other Disney-related items. (Van Eaton Galleries / Courtesy photo)

It’s not all historic. In the selection is a Lucite paperweight with the Alien Encounter logo and a gift to opening team members for Epcot’s Frozen Ever After ride, which debuted in 2016.

For more information or to register for the auction, go to

Source: Van Eaton Galleries / Orlando Sentinel

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.