By Josh Saunders
An original Cat in the Hat sketch, Back to the Future artwork and more could fetch half a million dollars (383KGBP) in the ‘ultimate pop culture auction’.
More than 700 lots spanning over half a century’s worth of media will go under the hammer with Van Eaton Galleries, next month (May 4th).
The auction in Los Angeles, California and online, will combine hundreds of Disney artefacts with the likes of The Simpsons, Wonder Woman, Star Wars and more.
A Walt Disney’s held wooden model for the Nautilus submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that was on his desk could fetch more than $30,000 (23kGBP).
An original Charles Schulz Peanuts comic strip could sell for $20,000 (15kGBP) and an original Dr. Seuss drawing of the Cat in the Hat has an estimate of $9,000 (7kGBP).
Back to the Future Part III original artwork could sell for $30,000 (23kGBP), while Madonna’s uniform from A League of their Own could sell for $5,000 (3.8kGBP).
Other Disney items include a hotel poster for $7,000 (5.3kGBP), Fantasyland poster for $8,000 (6.1kGBP), original Mary Poppins chimney concept painting for $10,000 (7.7kGBP) and more.
More recent lots include pieces from Raiders of the Lost Art, Planet of the Apes, Spiderman, a cell from the first episode of The Simpsons and more.
Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder of Van Eaton Galleries, said: “‘The Art of Entertainment’” auction showcases decades of film, television, and print work which has defined pop culture in our lifetime.
“This collection brings together a massive and varied array of art, props, original paintings and drawings, memorabilia, and collectibles from some of the most famous moments in popular entertainment.
“This auction offers the excitement of very rare items never sold before at auction, but also evokes a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality for those artists and performers whose work defined us in our youth.
“In the world of collectibles, what makes an item strong is something that stays relevant to the next generations and Dr Seuss is this guy who crossed them all.
“His artwork and books are timeless, it’s phenomenal, another classic is the Peanut’s comic strip, no matte of your age, TV and media kept them alive.
“There’s a dress from Madonna’s in League of their own, I think that’s worth tens of thousands but is up for a few thousand, who knows what it will go for.
“We are so honoured to be able to offer such remarkable items to fans and collectors around the globe.”
Mike goes onto explain that some of his favourite items up for auction were from one of the world’s biggest animated franchises.
He said: “I’m a hardcore Disney fan, so the submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas is a big one.
“It was sitting on Walt Disney’s desk, there’s video footage of him walking up and talking with this model which for me is heart-stopping.
“Then one of my favourite films is Mary Poppins so having artwork is one of my favourite pieces.”
The most expensive piece listed is an original Charles Addams ‘Murder by Death’ poster artwork from the show The Addams Family which holds a $40,000 estimate.
Concept art for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’s candy room scene for $7,000 and for $3,000 each ‘memory wiping’ weapon called the Neuralizer from The Men in Black and a Star Wars crew signed poster.
Other items include: a cell from The Beatles Yellow submarine film for $3,000, then concept art from a Star Wars scene, original Jaws poster development artwork, John Alvin’s Pocahontas concept art, slide and photos from the cast of Happy Days, and more.
The auction will take place in Los Angeles, California and online on May 4th at 10.00am pacific standard time (6.00pm UK time).
“As a collector myself I want to get quality stuff but also ensure everybody could get it, our auction is more accessible for every day collectors and fans.
“We want people to have a good time, I want to see everyone has a chance and reasonable shot at winning the items they want.”
To view the items or to register to bid in the auction go to: www.vegalleries.com