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BREAKING NEWS   SHATTERING RECORDS - THAT’S FROM DISNEYLAND” AUCTION AT VAN EATON GALLERIES RAISES OVER $8.3 MILLION    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - August 27, 2018 -  It started out as a pop-up exhibit in an abandoned building in Sherman Oaks, California for all to see and enjoy. It culminated with a two-day auction at Van Eaton Galleries of over 900 items of Disneyland memorabilia collected by Hollywood agent Richard Kraft. Tens of thousands of people visited the pop-up exhibit and  attended special events including concerts, signings and other programs that were sprinkled with some fairy dust along the way. Celebrities visited, fans gathered and Kraft even presided over a wedding during the extraordinary pop-up experience. On Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th, Van Eaton Galleries conducted the “That’s From Disneyland” auction shattering previous records and raising over $8.3 million.    “For 25 years I collected with absolutely no intention of seeing it as an investment or acquiring things to sell. It has been purely for the joy of connecting to so many personal memories of the Happiest Place on Earth. When I finally decided to let it go it became much more about throwing a grand Bon Voyage party to those magical artifacts than about making projections about their worth. As the flood of astronomical bids came in, it made me think how these treasures were now securing the financial future of my children and allowing me to contribute towards other kids, like my daughter with special needs. I’m still in a state of shock that Dumbo, Jose the talking parrot and trash cans from Disneyland could make me feel as if I won the lottery. And who knew metal parking lot signs would become the new bitcoin!” - Richard Kraft   “I am over-the-top thrilled at the results of this once-in-a-lifetime, extraordinary collection of Disneyland artifacts. Van Eaton Galleries was honored to be part of such a historical auction event. The pop-up exhibit attendance was beyond our wildest dreams and the excitement for each and every item in the “That’s From Disneyland” collection was electric. Disneyland will never disappoint and for two-days solid I think Van Eaton Galleries was also one of the “Happiest Places on Earth! Thank you to all who visited the pop-up exhibit and who came to the auction. We had bids from every corner of the universe! - Mike Van Eaton.     Highlights of the “That’s From Disneyland” are many. Among the most notable include the Jose Animatronic Bird from The Tiki Room which sold for $425,500; an Original Global Vans Line Truck which sold for $115,000; a Swiss Family Treehouse Organ Prop which sold for $63,250; a Skyway Original Vehicle which sold for $621,000; the Dumbo Attraction Vehicle which sold for $483,000; an Original Haunted Mansion Stretching Portrait sold for $402,500; an Autopia Original Attraction Poster sold for $287,500; the Pirates of the Caribbean Entryway Sign sold for $264,500; a Peter Pan Attraction Vehicle sold for $253,000; a Haunted Mansion Doom Buggy Attraction Vehicle sold for $220,400 and a PeopleMover Attraction Vehicle sold for $184,000.  These are among the many highlights of the two-day auction.    Superstar magician David Copperfield even got into the high stakes of bidding when he purchased the Disneyland Hotel Neon Letter “D” for $86,250. Copperfield said that he bought the famous “D” because it is where his family would often stay and where he was inspired to become a magician.    Among the records broken were the Skyway Original Vehicle which broke a record for the highest price ever paid for a Disneyland ride vehicle, the Original Autopia Attraction Poster which broke records for the highest price ever paid for a Disneyland attraction poster and the Pirates of the Caribbean Entryway Sign which was the highest price ever paid for a Disneyland park sign. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Coffin-Siris Syndrome Foundation and the CHIME Institute.   PRESS CONTACT Caroline Galloway 440-591-3807 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.