Rare Disney Memorabilia Set for Auction

A studio animator's office, original Mickey watch, 'Steamboat Willie' drawings and park blueprints are among the items being auctioned by Van Eaton Galleries on June 18.
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A treasure trove of cool Disney memorabilia is set to be auctioned on June 18 by Van Eaton Galleries. Among the cool items up for sale are the original score for the first song ever written for a Mickey Mouse cartoon, an early doll signed by Walt and blueprints of Disneyland from the original builder of the park’s train. The sale takes place on June 18 at the gallery in Sherman Oaks. 

Perhaps the coolest item is a complete Kem Weber-designed Disney Studios animator’s office from about 1940, including a desk, sitting chair and floor. Individual pieces of Disney office furniture have come up for sale before but not a complete office set like this. The estimated price is $60,000-$80,0000.

Also up for auction is the hand-written score for “Minnie’s Yoo-Hoo,” the first original song composed for a Disney cartoon, appearing in Mickey’s eighth theatrical short ("Mickey’s Follies"). As important, it also became the theme song for the soon-established Mickey Mouse Clubs. The song was written by Carl Stalling, a friend of Walt's. Up for auction is 10 sheets of Stalling’s hand-written score for "Minnie’s Yoo-Hoo" together with the original printed sheet music. Estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

Also being sold are several drawings from Walt Disney’s original collaborator, Ub Iwerks, from the first two Mickey cartoons ("Steamboat Willie" and "Plane Crazy") estimated at $4,000-$6,000. A potentially cheaper (but no less cool) early item up for sale is one of the first Mickey Mouse watches (estimate: $1,500-$2,000), first sold at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair (pictured above).

The Disneyland blueprints (est. $15,000-$20,000) come from the train builder and were found by his widow. Blueprints have occasionally come up for sale but remain rare and highly sought-after by collectors.

Several very desirable Annette Funicello items are also being sold — with the proceeds benefiting the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases — including Funicello’s personal Mickey Mouse Club mouse ears and a club sweater she wore. Both items come directly from the estate.  

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