Have you seen this $19,000 character performer costume from the Magic Kingdom?
One of the best experiences you can have at a Disney Park is often meeting characters. Indeed, it seems there’s always someone new to visit within the entertainment department, and even meeting the same characters over and over, you’re guaranteed a different experience every time!
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What’s more, there are a few “iconic” level meet-and-greets at Disney Parks, and this includes Mickey and Friends! And there’s one chance encounter with the “Fab Five,” which includes the original pals of Mickey Mouse, which will leave you chuckling long after you’ve returned home! (Or maybe… a-hyuck-ling?)
In fact, one lucky Disney fan got to take home part of the magic after purchasing a costume piece used to embody this classic character for Guests of the Magic Kingdom Park at a recent auction hosted by Van Eaton Galleries in Southern California. Of course, it’s the lovable and hilarious Goofy!
Although Goofy first appeared in a Walt Disney Studios cartoon in 1932, in “Mickey’s Revue,” they called him “Dippy Dawg.” Goofy would not receive his current name until 1939’s “Goofy & Wilbur,” and since then has become a well-known household name for his appearances in Disney media such as Goof Troop (1992), the Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse and its inspired Runaway Railway attraction, House of Mouse (2001), and of course, the cult classic A Goofy Movie (1995).
In addition, this film introduced the world to his son, Max Goof, as well as the “perfect cast.” Now, this auction attendee at Van Eaton’s “Exploring the Disney Universe” seemed to cast the perfect bid for a vintage Goofy costume head dated to the 1990s!
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Specifically, the bidder won this costume piece for a grand total of $19,000, a winning price which far exceeded the Galleries’ auction estimate of $4,000-$6,000. However, while Goofy’s head became the highest-drawing item from the Walt Disney World Resort portion, many other items fetched a hefty sum beyond their initial valuation.
These include a large 1990 site plant print of EPCOT by John Horney for $3,200, a Park Hopper Ticket character costume at $3,500, 8.5-inch a Bill Toma bronze sculpture of Figment and Dreamfinder for $3,000, a “Cast Members Only” sign from Spaceship Earth for $2,000, at least $3,000 for Little Richard autographed “Food Rocks” sheet music, and $2,200 for a 1971 opening day poster from Fort Wilderness Campground. Moreover, from the Disneyland section, bidders paid a total of $64,000 for Mary Blair’s “it’s a small world” concept art paintings and a rare Haunted Mansion 50th anniversary guitar!
Would you pay $19,000 for a piece of Disney character costume history? Those interested in viewing the full auction catalog can click here.