Who ever said Disney was for kids? With films like Frozen (2013) and Toy Story (1995) being watched on repeat by children and their parents complying (with guilty admission), it is no wonder that the older generations have never lost their childhood wonder for all things Disney. While Disney souvenirs commonly cater for kids, some of their most expensive pieces of memorabilia are collectibles and one is one of the Disney gifts for adults that can be found in the Disney Store. However, the most expensive Disney Collectibles which we have come across are pieces of Disney memorabilia sold at auctions.
Cinderella’s Castle – $37,500
This is a piece of memorabilia that comes with a price a little higher than the average Disney souvenirs prices and with 28,000 crystals bolstering the castle walls it’s a price that’s hard to dispute. That iconic castle that introduces some of Disney’s most classic animated films, can be purchased straight from the Disney store. It is one of Disney’s most blindingly beautiful collectibles and is the most expensive of all the Disney souvenirs. Only 50 models of the 20 inch tall crystal encrusted limited edition castle have been created for retail purposes.
The Band Concert (1935) film Celluloid – $420,000
One of the most expensive Disney collectibles to have been sold has to be the most expensive celluloid to feature Mickey Mouse. The celluloid is from the short animation The Band Concert (1935); the first film to feature the lovable rodent in color. Its story follows the charming Mickey Mouse attempting to conduct his band in a rendition of “The William Tell Overture”, encountering many show stopping problems including a bee, a storm and a sales pitch from Donald Duck for popcorn and lemonade. The true value of the celluloid is found in the fact that it is the only one that shows the entire band playing together. It sold for its remarkable price tag in 1999 in a private sale.
Hands off my Playthings (1975) – $204,000
The wealth that Scrooge McDuck seems to have acquired in the image itself is a far larger sum than the painting itself is actually worth. Nonetheless, Hands off my Playthings is an exquisitely detailed which is so extensive that each gold coin that Scrooge McDuck and his companions are marveling over is designed to look as life like as possible. It was painted by by Carl Banks, the famous Disney artist who worked on multiple Donald Duck comics and who is the creator of the character Scrooge McDuck. The artist has been said to of identified the painting as one of his personal favorites.
Walt Disney Hungry Hoboes (1928) – $31,250
A fun fact for the Disney enthusiasts; Micky Mouse was not always the golden goose of Disney. The mouse was once in competition against the lesser known Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, for becoming the face of Disney. While Oswald was the star of Disney in it’s early days, the company lost the rights to him which lead to the invention of Mickey Mouse. The characters popularity came to outweigh that of Oswald’s and saw the rabbit fade into the shadows of Disney’s forgotten characters. Oswald’s recent revival in the video game Epic Mickey (2010) has brought the original Disney mascot back into the eyes of Disney fans. In 2011, the only surviving film reel of an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit feature entitled Hungry Hobo’s featuring Oswald and Peg Leg Pete was found in the Huntley archives; a hidden gem from Disney’s past.
Collectibles as an Investment
The above are pieces of Disney’s past and iconic souvenirs which have been identified to be desirable pieces of fine art, as well as valuable collectibles. The definition of collectible in investment terms is something that can be outlined as an object, with potentially little material value, but with a high intrinsic value due to its rarity and level of demand.
The question is do collectibles make for a good investment? It has been said that they can be a riskier area for investment than others, as there is no set public price rate for each individual object deemed to be collectible. A common problem In collectible investments it is the financial worth of an asset can get warped by the perception of the value in the ownership of such an item.
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