Minnie and I

Minnie and I

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Disneyland Exhibition Visit

Recently I made a trip to California to visit Van Eaton Galleries. I wanted to got there because the gallery was displaying an upcoming auction lot of Disneyland memorabilia. It was called "The Story of Disneyland, an exhibition and sale." A private collector decided to part with his/her large collection of vintage and authentic Disneyana. Part of the collection was items from opening day of Disneyland, cast member wardrobe, attractions items, posters, two character heads and two "it's a small world" figures.

"It's a small world" figures, 2015. Photo by me.

What motivated me to travel from my sweet home to California was the two character heads on display. As you can tell by my previous posts, I absolutely love vintage Disney costumes. The heads that were on display was a vintage Pinocchio head and a Mickey Mouse head from 1978. Words can't explain the excitement and joy I felt in my heart when I walked in to the gallery and saw these heads. It was a dream come true. My favorite incarnation of Mickey is the 80's version and seen it in person, priceless. It was a pleasure to see Pinocchio too, because that particular Pinocchio head has some history behind it.

Mickey Mouse head on display, 2015. Photo by me.

Pinocchio head on display, 2015. Photo by me.

The Pinocchio head that was on display was sold previously on eBay. In the summer of 2011, a person found the Pinocchio head and decided to sell it on the popular auction site. The winning bid was $600. Obviously, the person who bought the Pinocchio head in 2011 was the owner of this amazing collection. I do need to say that the Pinocchio head had seen better days. My theory is that the head was left in a barn or storage unit and was forgotten. The head has major age wear, sun damage and it has a tiny hole in his right cheek. The original seller of the head was probably cleaning out a unit and found the head. To bad that the head wasn't probably taken care off, because it's younger than the Mickey head and the Mickey head was in near mint condition. Despite what they say about this Pinocchio head, I truly believe is from after 1979 or mid 80's. It's not from 60's. It's more likely it was used in Disney on Ice because of the screen/mesh eyes.

Original eBay picture of Pinocchio, 2011.

Original eBay picture of Pinocchio, 2011.

Pinocchio head on display, 2015. Photo by me.

The Mickey head was an amazing piece to see. After looking at hundreds of pictures and videos of the 80's Mickey, it was a real treat seeing it live in person. Man, I wanted to buy both head so bad, but I need a few thousands to buy them. The Pinocchio head was estimated at $3,000 and $5,000 and the Mickey head was estimated at $7,500 and $9,500. Buying both heads, paying the taxes and buyer's premium it would cost me nearly $17,000. I could buy myself a nice car with that kind of money. Well, the day will come soon when I become the owner of a Disney character head. I just need to keep looking and searching.

Update, the Mickey head sold for $25,000 and the Pinocchio head sold for $6,000.

Me and 80's Mickey, 2015. Photo by "me."

I want to give a special huge thank you to Van Eaton Galleries and the owner Mike Van Eaton for welcoming me into his gallery and for answering all the questions I asked. Thank you.

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