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More than 1,500 rare pieces of Disney memorabilia headed to auction

The two day auction will feature historic props and items from Disney's original pitch to finance Disneyland park, including hand-colored maps.
Copy of a map once used so Walt Disney could attract potential investors for his theme park. (Courtesy Van Eaton Galleries)

Disney fans, history buffs and collectors will soon have the chance to bid on hundreds of rare Disneyland and Walt Disney World items.

Van Eaton Galleries will put over 1,500 historic pieces up for auction in a two day event starting Saturday, December 7, and ending Sunday, December 8.

Some of the items being auctioned off include an original animatronic Small World Doll, a PeopleMover ride vehicle and memorabilia from iconic rides like Space Mountain. Hundreds of props, maps, documents and other collectibles available date back to the 1950s, and will be up for auction.

Items that Disney used in his original pitch to gain financing for his Disneyland park will also be up on the auction block. These items include an original hand-colored map and descriptions that he used in the presentation. The 1953 Disneyland Prospectus is a WED file copy and is expected to get somewhere between $10,000 - $20,000 at auction.