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Sleeping Beauty illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Rediscovering Disneyland Auction

­A RARE DISNEYLAND MOSAIC FROM THE COURTYARD OF SLEEPING BEAUTY CASTLE SELLS FOR AN ASTONISHING $363,000 AT VAN EATON GALLERIES “REDISCOVERING DISNEYLAND” AUCTION

Van Eaton Galleries, the Sherman Oaks based auction house specializing in Disney memorabilia and animation, and recognized authority on all things Disney, has announced that a Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle Mosaic (circa 1970s) sold for an astonishing final price at their “Rediscovering Disneyland” auction for $363,000. The mosaic sold for more than ten times the original estimate which was $30,000-$50,000 and is among other highlighted results announced by the auction house. Van Eaton Galleries held the two-day “Rediscovering Disneyland” auction this weekend (May 22 & 23) which represented one of the most significant and comprehensive collections of early Disney Theme Parks artifacts and Disney related memorabilia ever assembled with over 1,200 items.

The handcrafted mosaic that was part of the original Sleeping Beauty Castle before it was renovated in 1983. The massive, hand-crafted artwork consisting of hundreds of individual tiles features an image of Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip and is an actual piece of the Original Sleeping Beauty Castle. This wall mounted artwork was a prominent installation within the early years of Fantasyland and was removed around the time of the massive New Fantasyland refurbishment of 1983. The tiles remain set in their cement with original mesh wire backing. It is an original section of the walls of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and measures 36” x 44.” It is a true one-of-a-kind Disneyland relic.

Other highlighted results included a single Disneyland Club 33 Dinner Plate which sold for $12,300 with an original estimate of only $100-$200; a Disneyland Club 33 Cast Member Hostess Dress and Belt which sold for $7,380 with an original estimate of $500-$700; The Haunted Mansion Imagineering Blueline Map Print sold for $17,220 with an original estimate of $1,000-$3,000; a Disneyland Fantasyland Bench sold for $22,140 with an estimate of $3,000-$5,000 and The Matterhorn Coat of Arms Entryway Plaque sold for $6,450 with an original estimate of $500-$800. More results are available at Van Eaton Galleries.

How To Identify A Rolex Watch

The vast majority of people are unable to tell a genuine Rolex watch from a fake one. This is a critical feature whenever products with a significant market value are concerned.

A record was achieved in October of 2017, as the Rolex Daytona watch model that belonged to famous actor Paul Newman was auctioned off for 17.8 million at the Philips Auction House in New York. This extraordinary amount allowed this watch to become the most expensive Rolex watch ever auctioned.

Despite the celebrity and refinement of this watchmaking process, about 70% of the people are unable to notice the difference between a genuine Rolex model and a fake one. That is also important because Rolex watches are among the most forged items in the world, due to their worth and charm.

When it comes to identifying genuine Rolex watches, there are six elements that you should know to help identify these watches:

Magnifying A Rolex Watch

Many Rolex watches feature a calendar within the quadrant (usually near the 3). In order to warrant the optimal working of every element, this calendar is small and, in order to read it correct, genuine Rolex models feature a 2.5x magnifying glass (called a Cyclops). Fake Rolex models usually feature no lens, mount a smaller lens, or have a simple, non-magnifying, glass element.

Weight of a Rolex Watch

It often happens that fake Rolex models weigh less than the genuine ones. This is because genuine Rolex models are created with materials of the highest quality having a greater weight.

Water Test

Rolex watch models are watertight and fully hermetic. They can resist being immersed in water for a few seconds. Usually, fake Rolex models do not have this feature, and this allows water to seep in. Specific Rolex models, like the Submariner, have been specifically created for deeb scuba diving.

Engraving of a Rolex

Perfection lies in the details. That details allows those to identify and tell a genuine Rolex model from a copy of one. In the vast majority of cases, the engraving featured in fake Rolex models is imperfect and confirms the lack of percision by the producers of fake Rolex watch models.

Rear of a Rolex Watch Case

Besides some very rare models, many produced during the 1930s, the rear of a Rolex watch case is never made of glass, crystal, or plastics. Therefore, they are not see-through. Many producers of fake Rolex watch models usually make the rear of their watch case of transparent materials, in order to cheat buyers by showing them the “precision” of the inner gears.

Furthermore, genuine Rolex watch models feature engraving within its watch cases rather than in the rear.

Hands of Rolex Watches

The gears of Rolex watches have a fluid movement, and their hands do not spring nor move irregularly. Even the ticking of a Rolex watch is both fluid and constant, being very homogeneous in nature. This does not happen with fake Rolex models, as they have an evident and irregular ticking instead.

Rolex watches are a symbol of luxury and elegance. As a result, they are subject to significant faking and forgeries. The differences between genuine and fake models are not so evident. The presence of more shoddy elements may be detected by carefully examining a watch when it is a fake, but only acutal experts are able to ascertain the authenticity of any given Rolex watch model.