LOS ANGELES – Profiles in History is proud to announce highlights from their upcoming Animation & Disneyana Auction on May 5th in Los Angeles.
This amazing remote controlled iconic droid was built for use in the Disney parks in 2004, using actual screen used R2-D2s from the original Star Wars trilogy as reference. Precise measurements, and an abundance of photographs were used to create one of the most accurate R2-D2s ever!From 2004 until its retirement in 2014, this R2-D2 was used throughout Walt Disney World. In the summer of of 2011, this droid made daily appearances at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. This droid was also part of the Star Wars Celebration of 2010 with George Lucas and John Stewart. One of the most exciting events for the little droid was with the NASA space program when, on behalf of LucasFilm, R2 presented Luke Skywalker’s screen used Light Saber to an astronaut, so it could fly on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
This R2-D2 is fully functional, makes 53 different sounds from the original Star Wars trilogy, and features working fiber optic lights. After being seen by millions of fans, and a decade in the parks, he’s ready to find a new home. It is estimated to sell for $100,000 – $200,000.
That’s right, Profiles in History thinks they’ll get at least $100K for this. They may not be wrong, either. They previously sold an original screen-used R2 unit for an astonishing $2.6 million. If you don’t have a quarter million lying around ($100K is just the opening bid) you may be better off building your own from scratch.
There’s a Lucasfilm sanctioned club for R2 builders
where you can get plans, electronics, and even 3D printed body parts (though you can’t buy a completed R2, that’s illegal). Even a completely tricked out astromech, though, with an aluminum body, will set you back only about $10K-$12k, and if you go with a wooden body construction you can do it for as little as $600.
Profiles in History is also auctioning off some other Disney rarities, like the concept design drawings for Epcot’s World Showcase, the unrealized Disney World and Disneyland Thames River and Discovery Bay attractions. They’re by famed Disney innovator Harper Goff, who in 1993 was posthumously named a Disney Legend. Harper Goff art never comes up for auction, so Profiles in History thinks these unusual collectibles may each fetch something in the neighborhood of $1500-$3000.They also have something a little creepy: Walt Disney’s signed Last Will and Testament. It’s 23-pages in length, titled, “Last Will and Testament of / Walter E. Disney,” dated June 9, 1951, Burbank. Boldly signed by “Walter E. Disney”. It is estimated to sell for $20,000 – $40,000.
They’re also auctioning off rare Disney Parks Attraction props including a vehicle from the theme park attraction of Mr. Toads Wild Ride for $15,000 – $25,000, an animatronic Pirate head from Pirates of the Caribbean for $2,000 – $4,000, an animatronic figure of “Henry” from Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree for $4,000 – $7,000, an animatronic “Mickey Mouse” from Mickey and the Beanstalk from Disneyland Main Street for $4,000 – $7,000 and an animatronic “Pluto” from Disneyland Main Street for $3,000 – $5,000.
Also being offered is a wide variety of Disney animation art including key set ups from the Cinderella Ballroom scene for $15,000 – $25,000 and the Lady and the Tramp “Bella Nolte” scene for $35,000 – $40,000. Other animation includes Keith Haring Sesame Street art for $1,500 – $2,500. Also included are rare one of a kind drawings and comic strip art by legends Dr. Seuss and Charles Schulz.