10 Most Expensive Disneyland Items At Auction With 1,500 Theme Park Collectibles
An upcoming auction featuring hundreds of Disneyland items expected to fetch up to $600,000 each will give Disneyana enthusiasts a chance to add some Anaheim theme park history to their personal memorabilia collections.
Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills will hold the Disneyland Signature: The Rummell Collection auction on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22.
Scott and Terry Rummell of Dana Point begin selling the world’s largest Disneyana collection with 45,000 pieces of Disney, Disneyland and Walt Disney World memorabilia.
The two-day auction features nearly 1,500 items designed to make Disneyland fans drool – with everything from ride-on vehicles to restaurant signs to Walt Disney’s original theme park attraction posters.
We’ve rounded up the 10 most expensive Disneyland items in the auction to help you narrow down your shopping list before the auction begins. The top 10 list is ranked by estimated auction house prices, with online bidding already underway ahead of the weekend auction.
1) Original Skyway gondola used by the park
Current bid: $21,000
The circa 1965 Skyway gondola was one of the first rectangular models put into service when Disneyland switched from the original round buckets.
The red gondola features original seats, rails, roof and paint and has been rewired to make the lights functional. Stripes on a side panel where the gondola regularly stopped in the station add to the authenticity of the passenger vehicle.
The Skyway gondola was used at Walt Disney World after the Disneyland attraction closed in 1994.
A similar Skyway gondola recently sold at auction for $621,000.
2) Original Autopia car used by the park
Current bid: $21,000
The circa 1967 Autopia car with original body, chassis, tires and seat belt was used at Disneyland well into the 1990s and acquired directly from the park.
A sign on the front rail reads ‘Don’t hit the car, keep your hands inside the car’.
Designed by Disney Legend Bob Gurr, the car was designed to have a front end inspired by a Corvette Stingray and a rear end inspired by an Opal GT.
3) Original club sign 33
Current bid: $16,500
The original Club 33 glass panel stood at the entrance from the club’s opening until a full refurbishment in 2014. The exclusive, private and secretive Club 33 debuted in 1967 at 33 Royal Street in the square from New Orleans to Disneyland.
The sign’s bonded glass features distinctive fern-like ripples, four flower-shaped stars, and silver-leaf reverse-glass gilding. The distinctive address 33 is painted in a shimmering teal with silver outlines.
4) Original Rocket Jets vehicle used by the park
Current bid: $12,000
Disneyland’s original Rocket Jets attraction transport vehicle at Tomorrowland replaced the Astro-Jets in 1967 as part of the New Tomorrowland renovation.
The paint on the white and black flares and the orange nose cone have been professionally restored. The work headlamp has not been tested in recent years.
5) Original Pirates of the Caribbean screen printed park attraction poster
Current bid: $8,250
The original screen-printed poster of the park attraction was used at Disneyland from 1967 when the ride opened until the 1980s.
The 41 x 59 inch framed poster was designed by Disney Legend Collin Campbell.
A similar original Autopia attraction poster recently sold at auction for $287,000.
6) Enchanted Tiki Room Next Show Sign
Current bid: $7,750
The original 1980s sign posted in the park informed visitors of the next show time for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
The 12 x 23 inch hand carved and painted wood panel features intricate tropical inspired details. The sign has a crack on the top edge and scuffs where the clock hands are turning.
The 1963 Enchanted Tiki Room was the first Disneyland attraction to use Audio Animatronics – with songbirds and crooning flowers bringing the show to life.
7) Pirates of the Caribbean Life-size replica of the helmsman and rudder
Current bid: $7,000
The circa 2010 replica recreates the Disneyland attraction scene with a skeleton used during the making of a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie and a ship’s wheel made by a Hollywood prop designer.
The life-size piece features a 4-foot, 10-inch-tall skeleton and a 35-inch-diameter ship’s wheel.
The Disneyland attraction’s skeletal helmsman inspired the first poster for the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
8) Pirates of the Caribbean waiting time sign used by the park
Current bid: $5,250
The rare 1967 hand-painted sign used by the park was created to inform Disneyland visitors of the wait times for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
The custom 15 inch square wood sign is attached to a 4 foot, 7 inch tall bracket.
9) Rainbow Caverns Mining Train Bell with Stand Used by the Park
Current bid: $5,000
The actual bell used on Engine #3 of the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction in Frontierland stands 11 inches tall and weighs 16 pounds.
The Disneyland attraction was renamed Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland in 1960.
The bell was used on the attraction until 1977, when Big Thunder Mountain Railroad replaced the mine train. After that, the bell was used on a Disneyland food cart until 1986.
The Disneyland Rotunda and Paint Department restored the bell.
10) Park Used Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Sign
Current bid: $4,400
The original Big Thunder Ranch sign, displayed in the park, promotes a special barbecue at Frontierland Restaurant.
The 1990s 25 x 10 inch hand painted canvas sign is attached to a distressed wood stand.
The auction lot includes a binder of 277 behind-the-scenes photos documenting the construction of Big Thunder Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch by the Disneyland cast.