As well as a spectator, I was also there as a bidder, and bid on a few items that I was interested in acquiring for the Movie Prop Collectors museum. While I was close to securing a few things, the cards were not right this time .
One of the items I bid on, was the original Julie Andrews carpet bag from Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins.
While there were quite a few bidders on this iconic item, there seemed to be @ 3 bidders who stayed in for the higher end of the bidding.
Near the end of the bidding were myself, another floor bidder, and a phone bidder.
The bag sold for $95,000 to my fellow floor bidder. With buyers commission, the bag if paid for by cash or check, was an amazing $109,250 !
While the winning floor bidder was not someone from Disney a recent article from the L.A. Times suggests Disney is working on acquiring the bag.
From the L.A. Times:
“For instance, the carpet bag carried by Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins” may soon be back in the company’s possession, though Clark (vice president of corporate communications for Disney) won’t reveal details.
“We’ve found it,” he said somewhat cryptically. “We’re working on it.” ”
It would be very exciting if the Disney Archives were able to secure the bag.
Today is the Walt Disney Archives 40th celebration, which will honor chief archivist and Disney Legend, Dave Smith, who founded the Walt Disney Archives.
Disney mentioned on their D23 site they will introduce special guests who will be on hand to present several new spectacular pieces into the Archives’ ever-growing collection.
Is one of them the bag?
Find out later today!
Update: After following D23′s Twitter account covering this historic event, and speaking with a few sources, no mention was made the Poppins bag. Hopefully it turns up sometime in the future