On March 11, 2011, ’311′ — the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami — left much of Japan devastated, claiming more than 20,000 lives and adversely affecting the lives of countless others who survived.
In an effort to aid those affected in his home country, Pixar Art Director Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi organized an effort called Artists Help Japan, which has raised more than $235,000 to directly support those whose lives were affected by the disaster.
A year later, on the anniversary of ’311,’ Tsutsumi has resurrected the fundraising, offering up Disney/Pixar memorabilia donated by himself and others as well as original art for auction on eBay. The auction will consist of 60 lots total, with 15 items going up for auction each week, starting yesterday, with most of the items having a bidding period of one week.
The auction offers a great way to allow Disney and Pixar fans to get their hands on some employee-exclusive items as well as original artwork with surprisingly modest opening bids. All of the proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps Japan, which in turn claims that an impressive 88% of its income goes to its programs. Plus as the items part of a charity auction, a portion of their costs may be considered tax deductible (see eBay’s rules and information for more information).
Items currently available include: the pictured Disney/Pixar employee Brave hat autographed by director Mark Andrews; several ‘Art of..’ books signed by Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich and others; and original artwork and prints from Dice Tsutsumi, Chris Sasaki, Derek Thompson, Eric Orchard and more.
In the upcoming weeks, fans will also be able to bid on other collectibles such an UP leather bag crew gift, a signed John Lasseter sketch of Buzz Lightyear, the coveted Toy Story 3 crew tiki mug and more art, such as this watercolor teased by La Luna writer/director Enrico Casarosa.
To see items currently up for auction and for more information, visit Artists Help Japan on eBay. For more information on the project and fundraising effort, as well as a sneak peek of upcoming items, see this entry on the Artists Help Japan blog.
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.
Beginning Wednesday, August 5 at 2 PM ET, interested attendees of the D23 Expo can purchase the ‘Auctioneers Package’ here for the live auction to take place during the D23 Expo on September 12.
While attending the live auction will be free to all D23 Expo attendees, the ‘Auctioneers Package’ will be required to those who wish to participate in the auction.
The cost of the package is $40 and that includes: preferred floor seating for the event; a D23 Expo Live Auction commemorative catalog; a D23 Expo Live Auction paddle; and a D23 Expo Live Auction Limited Edition pin.
The live auction will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center as part of the D23 Expo, on September 12 at 7:00 PM. The auction will offer participants the ability to bid on unique Walt Disney Studio and Theme Park experiences, tours, artwork, props and more.