A Ghoulish Delight: Limited ‘HATBOX’ Maquette to be Auctioned Off

by on Sep.19, 2011, under Syndicated from the Web

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Hatbox One of a Kind Maquette

Hatbox One of a Kind Maquette

A few weeks ago we mentioned how fans of the Haunted Mansion could enjoy the “Room for One More” event happening on September 30th at the Walt Disney World Resort. We discussed how Rotting Flesh Radio and also Fright Kingdom Haunted House were going to be in attendance at the event. (Click Here to Read the Initial Release on the Event).

Well in keeping with the love of all things spooky, from Haunted Attraction to the infamous HATBOX Ghost, we have caught wind that there will be an exclusive HATBOX GHOST up for auction at the event. This is a one-of-a-kind maquette of the figure that was created specifically for the auction.

It’s inspiration was taken from the classic Walt disney Records LP, “A Night in the Haunted Mansion” that all us fright freaks have grown up with! Recently one of the original Hitchhiking Ghosts was auctioned off at the D23 Expo in California and rumor was it was purchased by director Del Toro.

Kevin Kidney, Longtime Designer for disney and now a Self Employed Illustrator, Artist and more, has been approached by Disney to to this limited piece for the event.

Kevin and Jody's HATBOX Maquette

Kevin and Jody's HATBOX Maquette

I can say, that I will do my best to try to nab it for myself, but crossing my bloody limbs is all I can do in hopes for winning it at the auction.

Kevin and jody will be on hand to meet all of your Foolish Mortals at the event coming in under a week at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.

For more on the sculpture visit Kevin’s site at: www.miehana.blogspot.com

“Jody and I will be traveling to Walt Disney World for the resort’s 40th anniversary on October 1, and Disney asked if we might create something special for a Haunted Mansion themed auction that takes place the night before, on September 30th. We decided on a unique interpretation of the Hatbox Ghost – a one-of-a-kind maquette based on artist Collin Campbell’s original painting for the famous 1969 Disneyland Record, “The Story and Song from The Haunted Mansion.”

“For decades, old Hattie’s legend was kept alive for thousands of kids lucky enough to own a copy of this LP, with its “magnificent full-color illustrated book.” There was (and still is) something deliciously disturbing and exciting about Collin Campbell’s illustrations, and the very best page was the the one that showed “a cloaked man whose head disappears from his body and glows hideously from within a hat box.”

As far as we know, we’ve never seen a three-dimensional figure based on Campbell’s Haunted Mansion illustrations, so this may very well be the first. Our 8-1/4″ tall ghost was cast from my sculpture and then hand-painted by Jody in Campbell’s illustrative style, with “hair” fibers added on as a final touch. The maquette is displayed on a wooden base made of antique weathered barn wood, under a glass bell jar. When viewed through the wavy glass, the figure takes on a mildly distorted appearance that makes him even more ghostly.”

*Released from Kevins Official Site*

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