Mickey Statues

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by crzy4mickey, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. crzy4mickey

    crzy4mickey DIS Veteran

    Mar 10, 2004
    Did I read somewhere (i searched and couldn't find it) on these boards that the 75 year Mickey Inspearation statues are going to be in NY sometime this summer? Does anyone have the dates and where they'll be?? thanks, I would love to go see them!
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  3. JeffH

    JeffH Mouseketeer

    Aug 23, 1999
    I thought they were all auctioned off, or is the tour still going on after all this time?
  4. All Aboard

    All Aboard Por favor mantengan se alejado de las puertas

    Oct 21, 1999
    I think the tour ends in NYC where they get auctioned. If I recall, that was to happen sometime this summer.
  5. crzy4mickey

    crzy4mickey DIS Veteran

    Mar 10, 2004
    Yes, they are going to be auctioned off this summer. A friend told me last night some of them are going to be at the Disney store and others she thought were going to be around NYC. I'm going to call the Disney store in NYC later today and find out when. If I find an answer, I'll post again this afternoon. I want to see those statues! I need my fix inbetween trips!
  6. smt218

    smt218 Mouseketeer

    Jan 13, 2003
    I don't know if they are coming, would like to know though, would like to see them. The website hasn't been updated, but here it is anyway.

  7. Debs5angels

    Debs5angels DIS Cast Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    I would also love to know!
  8. The Great Baboo

    The Great Baboo Mouseketeer

    Feb 4, 2004
    I read in the paper that they will be auctioned off at Sotheby's in Manhattan this summer....one of the NYC newspapers had a small advertisement from Sotheby's with a link to its website www.sothebys.com - to get a catalog and a commemrative (sp??) pin - I went on quickly but saw no link to the Mickey statues... :earboy2:
  9. tnkrbell24

    tnkrbell24 Earning My Ears

    Dec 16, 2003
    I believe there are about 10 Mickey's that are headed to the World of Disney Store on 55th and 5th Avenue in NYC on August 1st. They are having a big celebration. Mickey is going to be there and there may even be some celebrities who designed the Mickey's there as well. They will be there until September 5th when Mickey will return and say farewell and they will be auctioned at Sotheby's. As for a side note....they will also be accompanied by limited edition pins that are exclusive to the store.
  10. DisneyFan0304

    DisneyFan0304 DIS Veteran

    Jun 7, 2000
    Now it makes sense!! I had heard that they were releasing a bunch of pins on August 1st, but couldn't figure out what they could be.

    This is exciting! I think I'm on vacation that week so I'll be able to get there early.

    Thanks for the information!!!!!
  11. gary403

    gary403 "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing

    Jul 19, 2002
  12. saturday97

    saturday97 <font color=blue>Illegally Blonde<br><font color=d

    Mar 30, 2002
    I was really hoping they'd make Big Fig versions to purchase-- I want the Tony Hawk one!! :sunny:
  13. jodistar

    jodistar DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2004
    It would really be cool to see the statues.....I wasn't able to go while they were at DisneyWorld.
  14. daber

    daber DIS Veteran

    Mar 9, 2000
    Since November 2003, 75 uniquely designed Mickey Mouse statues have traveled the United States in honor of Mickey Mouse's 75th anniversary. The "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" statues have now finished touring the United States, and will be auctioned at Sotheby's auction house on September 27, with the proceeds benefiting multiple charities.
    The statues, which measure 6-feet-tall and weigh 700 pounds each, were designed by famous athletes, artists and celebrities, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen DeGeneres, James Gandolfini, Tom Hanks, Michelle Kwan and Kelly Ripa.

    Read more about the auctions on Southebys.com

    If you pre-order the auction catalog for $41.00, the first 5,000 catalogue orders will also include a free, limited-edition commemorative pin featuring the 75th Anniversary Mickey engraved with edition number and sale information.
  15. DonnettaR

    DonnettaR DIS Veteran

    Jun 10, 2002
    There really are 76 Mickeys. I went to see them in DC and they added a special one for DC with pictures of the city on it. I took pictures with each of them and then counted and found out that I was one short. So I went to the website and there was one about chocolate that was not included in the DC display. Anybody know anything about statue #76?
  16. gary403

    gary403 "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing

    Jul 19, 2002
  17. disneygurl1960

    disneygurl1960 Earning My Ears

    Jul 9, 2005
    Sotheby's to Auction 75 Specially Designed Mickey Statues as Finale to Mickey Mouse's 75th Anniversary Celebration

    Statues Decorated by Ben Affleck, Ellen Degeneres, Annette Funicello, Tom Hanks, Sir Elton John, Shaquille O'Neal and John Travolta, Among Others

    NEW YORK (June 28, 2005) - On September 27, 2005, Sotheby's (NYSE: BID) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) will conclude the celebration of Mickey Mouse's 75th anniversary by auctioning 75 uniquely-designed statues of Mickey, an icon of American popular culture beloved for more than three generations. The statues, which have toured the country since Mickey's 75th anniversary on November 18, 2003, are part of a special tribute entitled "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations." Each statue, individually-decorated by notable Disney legends, artists, actors, musicians or athletes, is 6-feet-tall and weighs more than 700 pounds. The proceeds of the sale of each Mickey statue will benefit 50 deserving charities, designated by the artist of each statue. A catalogue containing all 75 Mickey statues will be available for purchase and will be accompanied by a limited-edition "Tuxedo" Mickey pin for collectors for the first 5,000 orders placed. Fifteen of the 75 statues will be featured in locations throughout New York City in August -- the New Amsterdam Theatre and World of Disney, among others. The full exhibition will take place from September 20th through 26th in Sotheby's 3rd floor galleries and is free and open to the public. The statues will be sold without reserve, and the sale is expected to bring in excess of $1 million*.

    When the statues began their cross-country tour in November 2003, Disney Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner said: "No other single character has remained in the limelight like Mickey, no other single character has been at the definitive forefront of a global entertainment company, no other single character has such timeless, ageless appeal or has engaged the hearts of so many. Chances are, if you talk to a 4-year-old or a 70-year-old anywhere in the world, they consider Mickey a special friend."

    Lee Dunbar, director of Sotheby's Collectibles department, said: "Sotheby's and Disney have a long-standing relationship, and we are thrilled to have been selected to conduct this special auction of 75 inspired visions of Mickey Mouse in a sale that will benefit a host of worthy charitable organizations."

    Among the participants in this milestone event are:

    Ben Affleck designed "Home Run Hero" for The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Andre Agassi designed "Love All" for the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation
    Jerry Bruckheimer designed "Slapstick Mouse" for the Ilitch Charities for Children
    Jamie Lee Curtis designed "The Original Mouse Pad" for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
    Ellen DeGeneres designed "Ellenland" for the Children's Action Network
    Long-time Disney animation artist Andreas Deja designed "Fruits of the Mouse" for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
    Annette Funicello designed "Always My Angel" for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter
    James Gandolfini designed "Funny Bones" for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
    Tom Hanks designed "Space Mouse" for the James Birrell Neuroblastoma Research Fund
    Sir Elton John designed "Music Royalty" for the Elton John AIDS Foundation
    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 DepotĀ® 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
    The catalogue can be pre-purchased now by logging on to sothebys website or by calling (888) 752 0002. The price for the catalogue is $41 including shipping and handling.

    Registering to Bid
    Registration is required to bid in Sotheby's auctions. You can register easily in person at our New York headquarters any time before the sale, or via fax when you submit an absentee bid form. Please call the Bid Department at (212) 606 7414 for further information.

    Placing Bids
    There are four ways to bid in this sale:

    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.
    Enter Absentee bids. An Absentee (or Order) bid can be placed by filling out a form and returning it to Sotheby's bid department via fax or mail. The form indicates the highest amount you would like to bid for an item or items. (The auctioneer will submit bids on your behalf, never bidding more than necessary to secure the lot and never more than the amount you specify.) Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue and are available at Sotheby's offices and on sothebys website.
    Bid through the Internet using real-time and absentee bidding at ebay. 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 sothebys website. For a complete list of statues, artists and charities associated with this auction.

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