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Disney collectors and merchandise fiends alike, we all lust over some of the rarest collectibles and dream about one day being able to afford a piece of Disney history. This article showcases some of the rarest and more expensive “merchandise” you could purchase today – as it relates to Disney collectibles. So, whether it’s shelling out $800 for your favorite character cookie jar or spending your life savings on the original map of Disneyland, we’ve got your Disney collectable dream list right here.


Enchanted Tiki Room Singing Bird ($153,400)

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Opening in 1963, the Enchanted Tiki Room in Disneyland was the first attraction to feature Audio-Animatronic characters. When the personal collection of Van Eaton Galleries (retired Disney Imagineer) was sold, an original Tiki bird from the 1970’s brought $153,400 at auction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cheshire Cat Prototype Jar ($799)

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In July 2003, Disney produced a limited lot of 250 Cheshire Cat cookie jars to be presented by eBay and then auctioned off by Disney Auctions. They designed two versions, and the first prototype was a pearlized version that never made it into final production. Owning this rare version will set you back $799.

 

 

 

 

 


Original Disneyland Map and Prospectus ($80,000)

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In the late 1940’s, Walt Disney first had the idea for a theme park and spent the next few years trying to obtain funding to build Disneyland. He collaborated with artist Herb Ryman in 1953, to create hand-painted concept park maps and a prospectus to give to potential investors. This piece of highly rare Disneyland memorabilia sold at auction in 2012 for $80,000.

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Celebration Mickey ($4,000,000)

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“Celebration Mickey – 100 Golden Years of Magic” was designed by Disney and produced by Great Western Mint to commemorate the 100th birthday of Walt Disney. The statue stood at 2 ft and molded out of more than 100 lbs of 24-karat gold. It was auctioned off and the proceeds donated to The Walt Disney Company’s compassion program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mickey & Minnie Mouse Charlotte Clark Dolls ($151,524)

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As the first person to ever design a doll based on Mickey Mouse, Charlotte Clark holds a level of prestige that other doll-makers and seamstresses just can’t match. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that her first dolls are a rare and highly desired collectible. Standing at 44” and 48” respectively, these Mickey and Minnie plush dolls from the 1930s look charming and impressive by modern standards.

 

 

 

 

 


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Pirates of the Caribbean Concept Artwork ($70,800)

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Legendary animator and Imagineer, Marc Davis, produced several paintings and concept art for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, in which several were then used as guidebooks and postcards sold at the park in the mid-1960s. While many of these pieces are locked away in the official Imagineering archives, there is one painting (featured above) that sold at a Van Eaton Galleries auction for $70,800.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vintage Tomorrowland PeopleMover ($441,500)

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The Tomorrowland Transit Authority carried nearly 100 million Tomorrowland guests over 30 decades (1960’s to 1990’s) on these retro-cool contraptions, known simply as PeopleMovers, for a guided tour of Disneyland.

 

 

 


Tomorrowland Concept Drawing ($54,460)

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In 1954, Walt Disney hosted a TV series called “Disneyland” as an advert for his theme park that was currently under construction. During the first episode that aired, he showcased a concept drawing of Tomorrowland that was an original illustration by Bruce Bushman. This original artwork from one of Disneyland’s original “lands” when it opened in 1955, sold at a Van Eaton Galleries auction for $54,460.

 

 

 


Snow White Original Poster ($27,995)

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If you want affordable old-school Snow White memorabilia, we absolutely do not recommend looking for an original poster for the movie’s theatrical release. That is, of course, unless you consider $27,995 to be “affordable,” you can find one for sale here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mickey 75th Anniversary Statues ($737,400)

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In one of the more unique ways to celebrate a 75th anniversary, 75 celebrities banded together for Mickey’s birthday in 2004 to create 75 unique statues of the mouse. These one-of-a-kind figures were sold at auction with proceeds benefiting charity, but these collectibles remain just as famous to this day. Of all the statues sold during this event, Elton John’s Music Royalty Mickey topped the charts at $62,400. After all the collectibles were sold, a collective $737,400 was raised and subsequently donated. Not a bad way to celebrate a birthday party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Original Mickey Mouse Poster ($101,575)

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Vintage promotional posters are some of the hardest collectibles to find in good condition. Not only are they prone to tearing and other forms of damage, but they’re also commonly produced in limited quantities. It should be no surprise, then, that this vintage Mickey Mouse poster from 1932 wound up selling for $101,575.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Golden Horseshoe Revue Sign ($48,875)

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A Frontierland original when Disneyland opened in 1955, the Golden Horseshoe Saloon entertained guests with a combination of musical numbers, comedy, and vaudeville through the Golden Horseshoe Revue, which was the longest running show at the venue spanning from July 1955 until October 1986. The saloon’s original hand-painted sign for its longest running show sold at the Van Eaton Galleries in November 2015 for $48,875.

 


Captain EO Poster Artwork ($47,200)

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Captain EO, starring the late Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was a science fiction musical film, which made its debut at Disneyland in 1986 and ran through 1996. After Michael Jackson’s death, the attraction returned to the Disney Parks in 2010 as a memorial tribute and was shown for the final time at Epcot on December 6, 2015. The official poster, an H.R. Russell artwork, is the only original Disneyland attraction poster artwork ever sold and raised a staggering $47,200. However, if you ever wanted your own “unoriginal” version, you can find a replica available on eBay here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Band Concert Film Celluloid ($420,000)

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The first color Mickey film, The Band Concert, is easily one of the most expensive celluloid ever sold. It’s history, combined with the fact that’s its the only scene with the entire character cast of the “misbehaving” band on stage makes it a highly desired Disney collectible.

 

 

 


Autographed Art of Walt Disney Book featuring Mickey & Donald Sketch ($300,000)

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Walt Disney rarely drew Mickey and Donald together, and this sketch isn’t just something scratched out in his notebook. It’s a signed original by the man behind the mouse himself and will set you back almost as much as Scrooge McDuck’s fortune.

 

 

 


Frontierland Cigar Store Indian ($44,250)

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Van Eaton Galleries | (Edits by Disney Adulting)

A regular photo opportunity for thousands of guests, this cigar store Indian figure kept watch in front of the Frontierland Trading Post. Replaced every 10 years with a new model, this Indian was one of several fiberglass versions made from the original Disney Studio sculpt mold. This figure was retired from the park in the late 1970s has been sold multiple times, the most recent at auction for $44,250. Today, you can find a modern version of the Cigar Store Indian on Main Street in Disneyland.

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s A Small World Animatronic Doll ($41,300)

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Originally created by Walt Disney for the 1964 New York’s World’s Fair, It’s a Small World, featured doll-like animatronic children from around the world singing a song of unity. Following the fair, the attraction was then moved back to California and opened at Disneyworld in 1966. One of the original robotic dolls, used as part of the ride at Disneyland during the 1960s, sold for $41,300 at auction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #1 ($25,500)

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The original first edition issue of Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories was published in 1940, but the series continued all the way to 2011. Featuring the forever recognizable Donald Duck on the cover, the inaugural issue of Comics and Stories sold for $25,500 in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jungle Cruise Riverboat Sign ($34,500)

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A classic and favorite main attraction of Adventureland, the Jungle Cruise commissioned  12 river boats in its full fleet, with up to 8 in operation at any time. A rare collectible, the original hand-painted wooden sign in the Disneyland sign shop, sailed with the Zambezi Miss during the 1980s and brought $34,500 when sold at auction in 2011.

 

 


Mickey Mouse & Goofy 1956 Comic ($250,000)

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Topping the value of Disney comics at $250,000, the “Mickey and Goofy” 1956 edition and it’s original printing plates continue to be one of the highest valued comic books ever sold at auction. Any comic book collector would love to get their hands on this pristine edition for their collection.

 

 

 


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Submarine Porthole ($1,495)

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Before Finding Nemo and yellow submarines, Disney World’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” entertained guests and delighted undersea passengers through one of these collectible portholes. This submarine attraction, inspired by Jules Verne, was active from 1971-1994. One of the lower priced items on this list, a few grand and you can own a piece of your childhood.

 

 

 


Main Street U.S.A Bench ($31,625)

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When Disneyland was opened by Walt Disney in 1955, guests entered the park into Main Street U.S.A, inspired by Disney’s own hometown of Marceline, Missouri. An original bench installed on main Street U.S.A in 1955, served guests for 44 years before Disney collector Kevin Doherty acquired it for his collection. After being restored to its original condition, it sold for $31,625 in November 2015.

 

 

 


Black Diamond Classic Edition of Beauty & the Beast ($13,500)

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What did you do with your old VHS tapes? The Black Diamond editions from the animated classics of our youth, such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin are worth more than we ever expected. Purchasing a copy of the original Beauty and the Beast Black Diamond Edition can set you back as much as $13,500 today. I bet you regret tossing out all those old VHS tapes now, right?

 

 

 

 

 


Pirates of the Caribbean Skeleton ($129,000)

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Van Eaton Galleries | (Edits by Disney Adulting)

From the original 1967 Disneyland ride, this (re)animated ghoul brings chills and delight as his bottle of liquor pours right through his ribcage and spills onto the treasure he’s guarding below. This spooky collectible from the last attraction that Walt Disney worked on sold at auction for an incredible $129,000, making it booty that any Pirates fan would love to add to their collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Series A-1 Audio Animatronics Frame ($115,000)

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Owning a piece of the original framework that started it all, leading to the bones animating beloved characters in Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones and more is the Series A-1 Audio Animatronics Frame. These frames, which were eventually standardized into production by Imagineers, have sold at auction for upwards of $115,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Space Mountain Car ($50,000)

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While we aren’t sure exactly if it will take you into space or not, owning one of the original Space Mountain cars is an option if you have $50,000 laying around to invest in one.

 

 

 

 


Bedazzled Cinderella Castle by Arribas Brothers ($37,500)

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Boasting 28,000 handset Swarovski crystals, this blinged-out, sparkle-loaded limited edition of Cinderella’s castle can be purchased online at the Disney Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride Devil Prop ($37,375)

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Van Eaton Galleries | (Edits by Disney Adulting)

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride featured frightening little red devils in the final scene that mysteriously disappeared from Disneyland in 1999. They have reappeared at auction and have brought upwards of $37,375 to bring one home to start terrorizing your family.

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31 Comments

Mary Ann Turner-Pease · December 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Hi I have a Mickey bag that I am having a hard time finding on the internet. It is a messenger bag the same design as “I Love Nerds”. But this one is labeled “Deep in love”.
I have been searching the internet for a couple of days trying to find this item and have gotten nowhere. I am hoping that someone will be able to help me find out more information about this bag.
Thanks

    Anati Zubia · December 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I’m looking into this one for you. I don’t think I’ve seen that specific bag, but I have a friend who is a pretty heavy collector that might be able to find it for you. I’ll post as soon as I have something on this bag. Let us know if you happen to find it as well.

    Melissa Fairbanks · April 22, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I have an entire collection of Disney vhs movies including black Diamond collections. I also have Disney vynal records.

Shelbi Whaling · January 19, 2018 at 10:08 pm

I purchased a set of Snow White and the seven dwarfs figurines and I cannot find them any where on the Internet. Snow White is in a blue dress and reminds me of the Grimm fairy tails but has what spears to be a Walt Disney stamp on the back. When I purchased it had a very old sticker that indicated the a price of $1850.00 but was not a store sticker. All of the dwarfs ate on a circular base. Do you know where I can find out more information on this set?

    Anati Zubia · January 20, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Shelbi, thank you for reading the article and your comment. I did a little digging around on vintage (pre-Disney) Snow White figurines and I was able to locate one where Snow White is depicted in a blue dress. The set is Vintage Continental Pottery and is made from terracotta. THe dwarfs don’t appear to be on a circular base, but with the fragile nature of aged terracotta, I’d be curious if that base was added for stability. Here’s a link to a set that’s for sale online, let me know if this one is like the set you have. Thanks! Anati

Marcine · January 27, 2018 at 10:34 am

I have a statue bought at Walt Disney World 2008 it is “Fantasia” it has a wave of water behind Mickey Mouse that lights up just trying to found out what it is worth as I can’t find any info on it. Thank you

Eileen · February 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

My father worked for The Herald Examiner in Los Angeles in the 50s. He brought home several 8 x 10 black and white story board pictures from Lady and the Tramp. I was wondering if they hold any value today

    Anati Zubia · February 19, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    They certainly would have some value to the right collector for sure as post storyboard art pre-1968 will have some historical value. Are there any signatures on them? What as the medium used? I’d love to see them if you don’t mind emailing me a couple photos. I have a few historian friends who would enjoy looking into the value for you. (info@disneyadulting.com)

Christina · March 7, 2018 at 7:13 pm

I have a 1950’s davy crockett frontierland souvenir plate by Eleanore welborn. Can’t find anything online . Can you help?

    Anati Zubia · March 11, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Christina! This one took a little digging around to find out more, but I think I have something for you. There are actually a couple “Frontierland” plates that were created by ceramic artist Eleanore Welborn Art Productions. There is an incredible bit of history on the artist, and her time with Disney that can be read about here.

    While I’m not certain which plate yours actually is, here are the two versions featuring Frontierland and one with an obvious Davy Crockett:
    #1 (Davy Crockett): Recently sold at auction for $442.75 in 2012
    #2 (Frontierland Lace): There was one that sold recently via auction from Eaton, but the bid was undisclosed. The plates seem to average on most auction sites between $200-$300.

    Let me know if one of these is your plate. 🙂

Karl · March 15, 2018 at 8:36 pm

I acquired a bunch of old Disney stuff from my grandparents estate. I have one item in particular that I could use some help on for finding a value and that is a Mego Elastic Mickey Mouse still in its box. Nobody can tell me anything other than it is particularly rare!

Thanks,

Karl

    Anati Zubia · March 23, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Hi Karl! It sounds like you have an amazing collection on your hands. I was able to find a couple references to the Mego Elastic Mickey Mouse that have sold “in the box” for upwards of $500. However, I wasn’t able to determine what kind of condition they were in. There was this example of one that I found online as well.

Karrie · April 1, 2018 at 7:56 am

I have a map of Lake Buena Vista Disney Theme Park and several Disney VHS tapes. I’m wondering how to find out about the map and how to sell the tapes. Thanks.

Aaron Gaston · April 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

Hello, my name is Aaron Gaston. I own a large mounted Disneyland park map. My mother was able to acquire this map while she was working in security at Disneyland. It is one of two that were mounted up above the merchandise against the wall in one of two souvenire stands near the main gate under the railroad station. I was about ten years old when she brought it home and gave it to me for my birthday. She told me that her supervisors office where it was hanging, was being remodeled and they were gonna destroy it! She asked if she could have it ? He said sure. It now hangs in my family room. My mother is now 73 and in poor health with alzheimer’s. I am trying to find some help with finding a collector to buy it so I can help with her medical bills.
The map has space mountain shown as a future attraction ! Please, if you can ? Send me your email and I’ll send you a couple of detailed photos. Thank You for your time and help.

    Anati Zubia · April 18, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Hello Aaron, I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s health and send my best wishes. <3 I'd love to take a look at the photos and share within my network of Disney collectors. My email address is info@disneyadulting.com – Thanks!

Sandra Kowalewicz · April 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Hiya
I have a pair of heavy weight ceramic/pottery Disney bookends. They are Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too. Each of them are reading a book. They look to be possibly from the 80’s. I have only been able to find one other pair the same. Someone on e-bay is selling them as rare and for over £200.
Can you please help ,e to find out their era/origin and worth?
Thank you.

Sandra Kowalewicz · April 26, 2018 at 5:33 am

Yes these are them! Although not the same seller. The one I found is in the UK. I contacted the one in the UK to ask him if he new the history of the bookends and if he knows why they weren’t mass produced etc… I don’t suppose you know anything about them please?

Nick · April 30, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Hi, I have a piece that I got from a Disney Executive about 10 years ago. I got a one of a kind Zippo lighter that had Goofy on it with Walt Disney Prod. on it (Sold Big Money) and also High-End Sterling Silver Perfume Container that has Mickey Mouse through it and that also was the only one made and reads 925 ®DISNEY on it as well. I’m looking for a buyer for it also…

John · May 9, 2018 at 2:52 am

I have the original photos used in marketing of a earfroce one and a giant mickey hot air ballon. Trying to find an appropriate price. It comes with an official letter congratulating the reception of the photos.

    Anati Zubia · May 9, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Hi John! I’ll have to do some digging around on this one – sounds pretty cool to be honest. Let me check with some collector friends and see what I can turn up for you.

Frank · May 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

Hi , I have three very rare , I believe one of a kind conceptual drawings that I would b interested in selling . The first drawing is in pencil and it is an image of the Black Forest, the second one is an image of geppettos bridge and the third one is a coloured drawing of space mountain. These pieces r very rare I think that they r one of a kind pieces. If u or anyone u know is interested in them please email me at your convenience. I am not sure of their value, if u can give me some idea of their value that would b great. Thanks

Frank · May 24, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Hi there I have two items. A Disneyland mini took kit , with Disneyland in gold written in the middle, and a Disneyland mini flashlight that is rectangular , has Disneyland written on the side with Mickeys face in a circle, and is molded in plastic blue. The front cover glows in the dark in a purple hue. What are these ? No references on the net. Thank you

Amy-Louise · May 26, 2018 at 11:04 am

Hi there! I’m trying to find out how much some Disney pins might be worth nowadays. They’re called ‘Mickey’s Friend’s featuring five individual characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto) and were originally bought for 99 francs. They are still in the original box but it’s fairly battered. Any idea how I can find out?

Martin · May 30, 2018 at 7:52 am

Hi
I have a cast model of PLUTO on a souvenir spoon about 4 inches long. He is 3 dimensional sitting on his hind legs with paws in front. He is on a square plinth with his name on the front and Copyright symbol WDP on the back. The handle of the spoon is like a column.
I cannot find another like it or even any others from the series. There are plenty of flat ones, but none like this. Is it rare?
Thanks

Jim watts · June 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm

I have several Walt Disney Classic collections. I would like to sell them. Any ideas where to sell them? Or how might be interested in them. Perfect condition it originally boxes.
Thanks ,
Jim watts

Leslie Dias · June 14, 2018 at 8:26 am

My cousins just recently inherited their mother’s collection of Mickey Mouse collectibles. Some of the items are quite old, having been accumulated over several decades. I am trying to help them determine what should be done with these hundreds of items, but am totally unsure of what to do. Could you offer me any suggestion about how to proceed? They would like to sell the collection, as it is too large to store in any of their homes. We are located in Michigan and thought maybe you might know of someone who would be interested. Thank you for any guidance you can give me.

paul · June 14, 2018 at 11:43 am

Hi, my wife worked an internship in Disney florida, she has a poster which was presented to her, this is a one off piece dedicated to her and in not only signed by all of the artists inclding Donald Ducky Williams and the late Ralph Kent, but has a drawing of their individual characters, around a dozen in total, does this have a value.

Kim Barnes · July 9, 2018 at 8:06 am

I have a Mickey Mouse from 1959 that I am trying to find some information on. I have looked for quite a while an d so far have found nothing close. Is there any particular place to go to get info. The head is plastic and has WDP on the back. The rest of the body is stuffed. Any ideas would be appreciated.

William Krakau · July 11, 2018 at 4:09 pm

I have a Black Diamond “Beauty and the Beast” VHS that has never been opened. It still has the round gold $24.99 price sticker and the Target price sticker, plus the Pizza Hut Big Savings! sticker. Is this really worth $$$? How do I find out what a collector would really pay for it?

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