Sotheby's to Auction 75 Specially Designed Mickey Mouse Statues Sotheby's to Auction 75 Specially Designed Mickey Statues as Finale to Mickey Mouse's 75th Anniversary Celebration; September 27, 2005 Auction in New York Will Benefit 50 Charities
-- Shaquille O'Neal designed "Dunk Mouse" for the Real Model Foundation
-- Kelly Ripa designed "Big City Mouse" for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
-- John Travolta designed "Jet Setter" for the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project
Each artist's statue is a genuine work of art, and while some of the individuals offered creative inspiration, others, such as Peter and Harrison Ellenshaw, Rosie O'Donnell, Mear One, Raven, David Willardson and Wyland, chose to personally paint their Mickey statue. Otherwise, TivoliToo, a Minnesota-based design and sculpting studio, transformed the remaining statues for each artist.
While much of the proceeds will be donated to Make-a-Wish Foundation of America, 49 other charities will benefit from the sale, including the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Children's Miracle Network, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Disney was able to bring "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" to fruition with the help of The Coca-Cola Company, the primary tour sponsor. The Home Depot(R) provided "Disney Color by Behr" paint and other supplies to bring the statues to life; Suddath Relocation Systems, an agent for United Van Lines, transported the statues to each destination; and Kodak offered digital photographs in each city via its EasyShare system.
The catalogue can be pre-purchased now by logging on to www.sothebys.com or by calling (888) 752 0002. The price for the catalogue is $41 including shipping and handling.
Registering to Bid
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-- Place bids in the room by attending the auction and raising your paddle (issued upon registration).
-- Bid over the telephone through a Sotheby's representative, who is in the salesroom and conveys your bid to the auctioneer.
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-- Bid through the Internet using real-time and absentee bidding at ebayliveauctions.com. You can register there to place bids through eBay's Live Auctions tool. Note that online registration only enables you to bid online.
For more information on the charity auction, visit www.sothebys.com/mickey.
For a complete list of statues, artists and charities associated with this auction, or to download high-resolution images of the statues, visit www.disneyconsumerproducts.com.