Sotheby’s To Auction 75 Specially Designed Mickey Statues As Finale To Mickey Mouse’s 75Th Anniversary Celebration

STATUES DECORATED BY BEN AFFLECK, ELLEN DEGENERES,
ANNETTE FUNICELLO, TOM HANKS, SIR ELTON JOHN,
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL AND JOHN TRAVOLTA, AMONG OTHERS

On
September 27, 2005, Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) and The Walt Disney
Company (NYSE: DIS) will conclude the celebration of Mickey
Mouse’s 75th anniversary by auctioning 75 uniquely-designed
statues of Mickey, an icon of American popular culture beloved
for more than three generations. The statues, which have toured
the country since Mickey’s 75th anniversary on November 18,
2003, are part of a special tribute entitled "Celebrate
Mickey: 75 InspEARations." Each statue, individually-decorated
by notable Disney legends, artists, actors, musicians or athletes,
is 6-feet-tall and weighs more than 700 pounds.

Pictured right: "Tuxedo"
by Lenox

The proceeds of the sale of each Mickey statue will benefit
50 deserving charities, designated by the artist of each statue.
A catalogue containing all 75 Mickey statues will be available
for purchase and will be accompanied by a limited-edition "Tuxedo"
Mickey pin for collectors for the first 5,000 orders placed.
Fifteen of the 75 statues will be featured in locations throughout
New York City in August — the New Amsterdam Theatre and World
of Disney, among others. The full exhibition will take place
from September 20th through 26th in Sotheby’s 3rd floor galleries
and is free and open to the public. The statues will be sold
without reserve, and the sale is expected to bring in excess
of $1 million*.

When
the statues began their cross-country tour in November 2003,
Michael Eisner, Disney Chief Executive Officer, said: "No
other single character has remained in the limelight like Mickey,
no other single character has been at the definitive forefront
of a global entertainment company, no other single character
has such timeless, ageless appeal or has engaged the hearts
of so many. Chances are, if you talk to a 4-year-old or a 70-year-old
anywhere in the world, they consider Mickey a special friend."

Pictured right: "Music
Royalty" by Sir Elton John

Lee Dunbar, Director of Sotheby’s Collectibles department,
said: "Sotheby’s and Disney have a long-standing relationship,
and we are thrilled to have been selected to conduct this special
auction of 75 inspired visions of Mickey Mouse in a sale that
will benefit a host of worthy charitable organizations."

Among the participants in this milestone event are:

Ben
Affleck designed "Home Run Hero" for The Jimmy Fund
at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Andre Agassi designed "Love All" for the Andre Agassi
Charitable Foundation

Pictured right: "Love
All" by Andre Agassi

Jerry Bruckheimer designed "Slapstick Mouse" for the
Ilitch Charities for Children
Jamie Lee Curtis designed "The Original Mouse Pad"
for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
Ellen DeGeneres designed "Ellenland" for the Children’s
Action Network
Long-time Disney animation artist Andreas Deja designed "Fruits
of the Mouse" for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Annette Funicello designed "Always My Angel" for the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter

James Gandolfini designed "Funny Bones" for the Children
Affected by AIDS Foundation
Tom Hanks designed "Space Mouse" for the James Birrell
Neuroblastoma Research Fund
Sir Elton John designed "Music Royalty" for the Elton
John AIDS Foundation
Shaquille O’Neal designed "Dunk Mouse" for the Real
Model Foundation
Kelly Ripa designed "Big City Mouse" for the Elizabeth
Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
John Travolta designed "Jet Setter" for the Hollywood
Education and Literacy Project

Each artist’s statue is a genuine work of art, and while some
of the individuals offered creative inspiration, others, such
as Peter and Harrison Ellenshaw, Rosie O’Donnell, Mear One,
Raven, David Willardson and Wyland, chose to personally paint
their Mickey statue. Otherwise, TivoliToo, a Minnesota-based
design and sculpting studio, transformed the remaining statues
for each artist.

While much of the proceeds will be donated to Make-a-Wish Foundation
of America, 49 other charities will benefit from the sale, including
the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Children’s Miracle Network,
the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Starlight
Starbright Children’s Foundation. Disney was able to bring "Celebrate
Mickey: 75 InspEARations" to fruition with the help of
The Coca-Cola Company, the primary tour sponsor. The Home Depot®
provided "Disney Color by Behr" paint and other supplies
to bring the statues to life; Suddath Relocation Systems, an
agent for United Van Lines, transported the statues to each
destination; and Kodak offered digital photographs in each city
via its EasyShare system.

For more details visit the Sothebys
web site.

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