Do you have a family of Disney fans? Skip the lines and build your own theme park with an incredible collection of vintage Disneyland memorabilia up for auction.
Collector and Disneyland fan Richard Kraft has an extensive private collection with over 750 items from the Disneyland that he has been building over the last 25 years. The collection, which includes everything from vintage posters to actual pieces from rides, and even a giant red “D” from the original Disneyland Hotel signage, will soon be available to purchase for the highest bidder in a public auction.
Kraft is a talent agent and life-long Disney fan. He and his brother always looked forward to their family’s annual visits to the park and Kraft began collecting memorabilia at age 35 when his brother passed away. “I was really disconnected and didn’t know how to connect with him and I went to Disneyland, and it reminded me of him,” Kraft told Yahoo Entertainment.
“Through Richard’s passion for the park and his love for his brother and family, he has amassed a collection that is unequaled and unlike anything I have ever seen,” Mike Van Eaton, co-founder of the Van Eaton Galleries, which is hosting the auction and a public viewing of the items titled That’s From Disneyland!, said in a statement. “It represents the largest collection of attraction vehicles, props, costumes, drawings, original souvenirs, posters, advertising, signs and memorabilia we have ever had the privilege of hosting at auction.”
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The massive collection, which includes animatronics from “It’s a Small World,” an 800-pound Dumbo ride vehicle and the infamous stretching paintings from the Haunted Mansion, will go up for auction in Sherman Oaks, California on Aug. 25 and 26. The items are viewable online and in the gallery for free until Aug. 26.
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