Enchanted Tiki Room bird headlines Disneyland sale

An animatronic bird from the Enchanted Tiki Room has headlined a sale of Disneyland artefacts at Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles.

The lot sold for $153,400, an increase of 411.3% on a $30,000 estimate.

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Disneyland's original Enchanted Tiki Room opened in 1963

The Enchanted Tiki Room was installed in 1963 and featured a cast of birds and flowers performing the attraction's signature song, The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room.

It was the world's first audio-animatronic exhibit, and proved enormously popular on opening at the California theme park.

A 1967 "cursed drinker" prop from the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride made $129,800, up 62.2% on an $80,000 valuation.

The auction house commented prior to the March 2 sale: "In what must surely be one of the most iconic images from the attraction, a skeletal pirate is forever locked in an eternal guzzle of ill-gotten spirits.

"The never-ending flow of wine pouring down his mouth and right through his empty torso, creates a magically graphic display. So well-known, the gag was recreated in a scene for the 2003, Gore Vorbinski feature film, 'Pirates of the Caribbean'."

The piece was formerly in the collection of Walt Disney's brother Roy. 

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