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Disneyland memorabilia auction raises more than $8.3 million for a special cause

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Disney collector auctions, comprehensive Disneyland collection

The 900-piece collection, which included the park and rides, props and objects, gathered more than $8 million in Los Angeles.

Good memories at “the happiest place on earth” are often cherished for a lifetime, so it comes as no surprise that a recent auction of Disneyland park rides, props and artifacts raised over $8.3 million for a special cause.

Over the weekend, Hollywood agent Richard Kraft auctioned his 900-piece collection in a special two day event called “Disneyland” on an old sporting goods store in Los Angeles.

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“You never see this stuff up close and personal is the way you would see it, in this exhibition,” he told Fox News of the display.

Other Disney-lovers apparently felt the same– the sale attracted tens of thousands of visitors, and a few even got married at the event.

Inspired by nostalgia for a visit with his deceased brother to the iconic theme park, Kraft began with the collecting of Disney memorabilia, 25 years ago, Reuters reports, and he clearly had a talent for collecting valuable items.

At the time of purchase, an original Skyway vehicle sold for a record-high $621,000, an original Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride car went for a whopping $483,000, and celebrity magician David Copperfield scooped a neon letter “D” from the Disneyland hotel for $86,250, Forbes reports.

However, Kraft says that the valuable artifacts are about much more than money.

“It doesn’t matter how much it is worth I really hope that the people who buy it appreciate it as much as I do. I don’t want people to go ‘oh, it’s an investment,” he told Fox News.

Forward, Reuters reports that Kraft will donate a portion of the $8.3 million collected from the sales to organizations for children who suffer from the rare genetic disorder Coffin-Siris Syndrome, and other special needs, just like his four-year-old daughter, Daisy.

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Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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