Once again, Van Eaton Galleries is auctioning off a mind-boggling Disney collection. This time around it is the collection of Joel Magee. Located in the Burbank Mall, there is everything one could possibly want, from classic uniforms (Oh why did I give away that canoe guide shirt???) to a Doom Buggy to a mermaid from the submarine ride. I personally lust after the ride’s viper fish. There are mock-ups, cars, working models, and posters and maps galore.
It was nice to wander around the museum-quality displays of auction items and admire the artistry of the imagineers. I was lucky enough to meet the late imagineers, Joyce Carlson, who designed most of the It’s a Small World Dolls, and Rolly Crump, who designed almost everything else.
I attended the auction’s opening night yesterday, and was even hopeful enough to get an auction number. But when I say down, ride tickets were going for $600 and old brochures for thousands of dollars. I will probably still sign up online and you should too, because you never know. That Haunted Mansion key starts at $100 and it could be MINE. Tuesday starting at $10:30am items from Main Street, Frontierland, The Tiki Room, and The Haunted Mansion will be going on the block. Wednesday you can bid on items from Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Epcot.