PROFILES IN HISTORY TO AUCTION OFF
THE MOST FAMOUS CAR IN FILM HISTORY
“CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG“
AND WALT DISNEY’S HISTORIC 1924 HANDWRITTEN LETTER
BRINGING MICKEY MOUSE CREATOR UB IWERKS TO COME TO HOLLYWOOD AND JOIN HIS STUDIO
Los Angeles, CA – Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is set to hold a multi-million dollar Hollywood memorabilia auction with over 1,600 lots, May 14 and May 15 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Day one will feature almost 700 lots containing some of the most coveted items in Disney Animation history, including a handwritten letter written in 1924 by Walt to his former colleague and creator of Mickey Mouse, Ub Iwerks, one of the single greatest animators the world ever knew. In the letter, Walt convinces Ub to come to Hollywood and join his studio…the rest is history! The importance of this letter cannot be overstated.
THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD OVER TWO DAYS WITH OVER 1,600 LOTS
On day two, the original road going, fully functional Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car from the film of the same name will be up for auction. The auction pre sale estimate is $1,000,000.00 to $2,000,000.00 dollars for Chitty! As much a character as any of the actors in the film, it was built by the Ford Racing Team and designed by Ken Adam to be as real and accurate as any other car out there. While not one of the mock-ups that seemed to fly or boat across the sea, this is the genuine Chitty and is officially registered with the “GEN 11” plates as seen in the film. It drove through sand, across cobblestone, down staircases and remains in impeccable operational condition to this day.
Other items you can expect to see up for auction include, James Dean’s tweed jacket worn in Rebel Without a Cause, Cecil B. DeMille’s Golden Calf used in The Ten Commandments,an original Cinderella production cel signed by Walt Disney, original watercolor concept art from Fantasia, an original production cel of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs signed by Walt Disney, Director Mel Stuart’s archive of material from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory featuring a screen-used “Everlasting Gobstopper,” original Charles Schultz Peanuts 4-panel comic strip from 1963, a Trader Mickey one sheet poster depicting Mickey and Pluto on a raft being attacked by angry hippos, Gustaf Tenngren’s original concept painting for Pinocchio with Pinocchio searching the murky depths of the sea for Monstro the whale, Jeff Bridges’ “The Dude” signature sweater worn throughout The Big Lebowski,amongst many other classic and memorable items.