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Disneyland Collection Goes Up for Auction

Concept art of the Dumbo The Flying ElephantConcept art of the Dumbo The Flying Elephant

For years, Dumbo the Flying Elephant was hung from his living room ceiling, a Mr. Toad Wild Ride car was parked in his library and Bashful’s cart from Snow White’s Scary Adventures sat on his front lawn in suburban California.

Now, collector Richard Kraft is selling off his 750-item collection of theme park vehicles, props and artifacts spanning six decades of Disneyland history.

Kraft, a Hollywood agent, began his collection 25 years ago, spurred by nostalgia for his visits with his late brother to Disneyland in southern California, Reuters reported.

Through his passion for the park and his love for his brother and family, Kraft has amassed an extraordinary array of Disneyland memorabilia that is unequaled.

Such is its scale that hundreds of the items are being displayed for a month at a free public exhibition called “That’s From Disneyland” at an abandoned store in suburban Los Angeles ahead of the auction on August 25 and 26.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant vehicle is expected to be among the top sellers with an estimate of $100,000-$150,000, while a Peter Pan’s pirate ship vehicle is seen fetching $75,000-$100,000.

Other artifacts include a Disneyland ticket booth, an animatronic singing bird from the Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as original drawings, concept sketches and posters from the 63-year-old theme park.

Kraft intends to donate a portion of the proceeds to two organizations benefiting children who, like his four-year old daughter Daisy, suffer from the rare genetic disorder Coffin-Siris Syndrome, and other special needs.

 

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