Royalty Rights to Iconic Disney Music up on Auction Block

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We don’t mean to induce mass panic, but it’s time to face the harsh reality: there’s just 185 more shopping days until Christmas. Of course now you’re likely to be in a frantic haze, asking yourself what do you get the Disney fan in your life who already has everything? But before you smash a window with that chair, we ask you to set it down gently, take a seat and relax because we’ve done all the hard work for you.

The answer is a piece of Disney history itself and, best of all, it’s a gift that keeps on giving (for an undefined period of time). Beginning July 2, The Royalty Exchange will auction off royalty rights to much of Frank Churchill’s music catalog. Named a Disney Legend in 2001, Churchill began working for the Walt Disney Company in 1930 and wrote some of the most iconic music in history for several Disney shorts and films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo and Bambi.

While many lots combine group tunes from his multiple projects, the piece de resistance is the royalty rights to the single anthem ‘Someday My Prince Will Come’ which is estimated to yield over $2300 annually and has a starting bid of $20,000. ‘Heigh Ho’ and ‘Whistle While You Work’ from the film are also available separately.

All of the lots are listed for preview ahead of the July 2 online auction start, so if you’re interested in owning a unique piece of Disney history, head on over to The Royalty Exchange. For the financially curious, the site also breaks down each tune’s earnings on a quarterly basis which you can find here.

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