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The 9 most expensive Disneyland items sold at auction featuring 1,500 theme park collectibles

An auction featuring hundreds of Disneyland items fetched $2.3 million as hard-core Disney fans leaped at the chance to add a piece of the Anaheim theme park’s history to their personal memorabilia collections.

Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks held the History of Disneyland auction on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The 480-page catalog for the auction contained more than 1,500 items designed to make Disneyana collectors swoon — with everything from ride vehicles to animatronic figures to cast member attire.

The biggest surprises of the auction? A guidebook hand-signed by Walt Disney that went for nearly 10 times its estimated value and a phone once used by Disneyland’s creator that garnered more than 20 times what the auction house expected.

We’ve collected the 9 most expensive Disneyland items sold during the auction and included the pre-auction estimated prices.

Original PeopleMover Attraction Vehicle (Van Eaton Galleries) 

1) Original PeopleMover Attraction Vehicle

Winning bid: $121,000 / Pre-auction estimate: $25,000 to $35,000

The 1967 PeopleMover ride vehicle is one of only 13 known to still exist. Most Disneyland PeopleMover vehicles were destroyed or discarded when the attraction closed in 1995.

The 7-foot-long ride vehicle was designed by Imagineer Bob Gurr.

The finish has been restored to its original vibrant yellow after the vehicle was repainted white with a blue pinstripe during a 1987 refurbishment.

The 1955 guidebook is signed on the inside cover by Walt Disney. (Courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries) 

2) Walt Disney-Signed Opening Day Guidebook

Winning bid: $67,760 / Pre-auction estimate: $7,000-$9,000)

The 1955 guidebook is filled with concept art of Disneyland and explains Walt Disney’s vision and concept for the theme park.

The 22-page guidebook was available leading up to the opening day of Disneyland in 1955.

The framed guidebook is signed on the inside cover by Walt Disney.

An original 1977 coaster train from Disneyland’s Space Mountain. (Van Eaton Galleries) 

3) Original Space Mountain Attraction Vehicle

Winning bid: $48,400 / Pre-auction estimate: $25,000-$50,000

The original 1977 coaster train from Disneyland’s Space Mountain comes with an official certificate of authenticity from Disney Auctions.

The 10-foot-long indoor coaster vehicle has glow-in-the-dark side panels.

Candlestick phone from Walt Disney’s apartment. (Courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries) 

4) Candlestick Phone from Walt Disney’s Apartment

Winning bid: $43,560 / Pre-auction estimate: $2,000-$3,000

The candlestick telephone was used by Walt Disney in the 1960s and remained in his personal apartment above Disneyland’s fire station through the 1980s.

The foot-tall phone includes the long-time Disneyland phone number printed within the rotary dial.

PeopleMover SuperSpeed Tunnel Attraction Poster (Van Eaton Galleries) 

5) PeopleMover SuperSpeed Tunnel Attraction Poster

Winning bid: $36,300 / Pre-auction estimate: $30,000 to $50,000

This extremely rare and scarce park-used poster is believed to be the only surviving example ever offered for public sale, according to the auction house.

The 45- by 30-inch hand-silkscreened poster designed by Imagineer Tim Delaney was used to promote the SuperSpeed Tunnel expansion of the PeopleMover attraction in the upper level of Tomorrowland’s Carousel Building.

The 1977 PeopleMover expansion featured race cars projected on the SuperSpeed Tunnel. The tunnel was re-themed a few years later to promote the “Tron” film.

1953 Disneyland Prospectus WED Enterprises File Copy (Van Eaton Galleries) 

6) 1953 Disneyland Prospectus WED Enterprises File Copy

Winning bid: $30,250 / Pre-auction estimate: $10,000-$20,000

The 10-page prospectus describes Walt Disney’s vision for Disneyland and the themed lands in the park. The file stored at WED Enterprises was created in 1953 to help pitch Disney’s then-novel theme park idea to investors.

The document includes smaller versions of Herb Ryman’s hand-drawn map of Disneyland and Marvin Davis’ plot plan for the park. The illustrations include mentions of the World of Tomorrow, True-Life Adventureland and Frontier Country. — early names for the themed lands that would populate Disneyland.

Only one of the rare documents has surfaced at public auction in the past 20 years. This Disneyland prospectus comes from the estate of Imagineer Marty Sklar.

Mark Twain entrance sign. (Courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries) 

7) Mark Twain Entrance Sign

Winning bid: $27,225 / Pre-auction estimate: $3,000-$5,000

The original 1980s wooden sign was displayed over the entrance of the riverboat dock at Disneyland.

The 6-foot-long sign has gold text with a hand-painted red border on the letters.

Adventure Through Inner Space Atommobile prop. (Courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries) 

8) Adventure Through Inner Space Atommobile Prop

Winning bid: $22,990 / Pre-auction estimate: $6,000-$8,000

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