From our favorite Disney heroes and villains to fan art that shows new aspects of the films and shows we have come to know and love, the wonderful world of Disney is a never-ending kaleidoscope of magic and wonder. One thing that has spawned forth as a result of this massive fandom is merchandise, and in particular, collectibles, especially those just released to celebrate Disney’s Centennial Birthday.
Disneyana can be fun and affordable to collect but with so much merchandise on the market, not everything “Disney” will escalate in value. Here, though, are 10 out of the Top 27 high-value Disney items from a recent article in TheGamer.com by Anthony Avina:
1. The most expensive piece of collectible you can imagine for Disney has to be the gift for Walt Disney’s 100th birthday. Celebrating 100 years of the iconic Disney founder’s life, the company spared no expense in making a one-of-a-kind statue. A 100-lb statue of solid gold, this Mickey Mouse statue has the honor of being the biggest statue of gold in Disney and U.S. history. It’s worth up to $4 million.
2. The Tomorrowland People Mover, the most expensive of all the Disney collectible ride cars, was used between the 60s-90s to guide guests through the Disney Universe of the future. Meant to represent the future, today these cars are priced between $200,000 and $400,000.
3. “Sleeping Beauty,” one of the earliest Disney animated films, is iconic both for its titular princess and the villain of the tale, Maleficent. A “Sleeping Beauty” original production celluloid, complete with a production background, sold for over $15,000 on eBay.
4. While online advertisements and digital displays are what drive sales for Disney these days, advertising was a bit simpler back in the 30s and 40s. One such advertisement was using window displays in stores that featured some of the iconic House of Mouse characters themselves. Used in stores to bring families in to shop, matching animated window displays featuring the iconic Mickey and Minnie Mouse were sold last and appear at the occasional auction for between $18,000 and $30,000.
5. You’ve got a friend in me if you happen to have a Talking Sheriff Woody Doll. Outside of the Disney Princess realm, films like “Toy Story” have become a staple of the brand. The Sheriff Woody doll is a genuine article from none other than Mattel and is worth about $1200.
6. The Diamond Mickey Mouse Pendant is a great-looking piece of jewelry. It’s an expensive one, too, and is an iconic symbol of the Disney brand. Not only does it capture Disney and all its essence, but it is represented by the mascot of Disney as well. There are similar diamond pendants, some of varying colors, and you can spend a lot more on vintage pieces from the 1930s depending on the quality. Handmade examples can cost as much as $8000 but lab-created versions are available for only a few hundred.
7. One of the most expensive pieces of classic Disney animated film history has to be the “Band Concert,” Mickey Mouse’s first-ever color film. The original film celluloid sold at a Bonhams Auction for almost $5000.
8. There are a few books signed by Walt Disney, and that always drives up the price tag considerably. Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” not only signed by Disney but with a foreword by famed composer Leopold Stokowski, sold for $35,000.
9. The original plates that were used to print a 1956 Mickey Mouse & Goofy 1956 Comic sold for $250,000 on eBay. The value came not for the comic but for the comic with its original plate.
10. A Mickey Mouse 75th Anniversary Edition Elton John Statue auctioned off by Sotheby’s brought in $62,400.
For the complete list and write-up, go to https://www.thegamer.com/disney-collectibles-rarest-worth-price/.