Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations

Mickey Mouse – Music Royalty by Sir Elton John

Sotheby’s and The Walt Disney Company will conclude the celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 75th anniversary by auctioning 75 uniquely-designed statues of Mickey on September 27, 2005. Each statue, individually-decorated by notable Disney legends, artists, actors, musicians or athletes, is 6-feet-tall and weighs more than 700 pounds. The statues have toured the country since Mickey’s 75th anniversary on November 18, 2003 as a part of a special tribute entitled «Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations».

The proceeds of the sale of each Mickey statue will benefit 50 charities, designated by the artist of each statue. Fifteen of the 75 statues will be displayed in locations throughout New York City in August. 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 sale is expected to bring more than $1 million.

Among the participants 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

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

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