Get a Sleeping Beauty Worthy Bed by Disney’s Eyvind Earle

I have a thing for auctions. It’s such an organized treasure hunt. There’s ancient artifacts, exotic gems, gold coins… it’s like a pirate’s booty all up on the block for the picking; but without all the crime, stealing, and pillaging.

You really never know what you’ll find, like when I — as if on auto pilot — scrolled through the upcoming Gallery auction at Michaan’s Auction House in Alameda, California. I’m no stranger to Michaan’s. I bought a vintage astrology themed lamp from them for a STEAL and also grabbed a set of 1920’s Chinese vases that are both romantic and refined. On this day I did a random search for “beds” hoping to find a King sized frame that would fit into the whole “French Colonial” look for our next bedroom design. But I found something better and even more spectacular than I could have hoped. I found a bed designed by the one, the only, Eyvind Earle.

Eyvind Earle is a household name to any Disney fan, but just as a refresher — Earle is famous for his work on Sleeping Beauty (1959) and for concept art that helped shaped such films as Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Peter Pan (1953). He went on to become a successful independent artist and designer and spent his last years in Carmel, California (where the bed above was made).

Now, let’s talk about this bed. This isn’t just a place to sleep; it’s a place to dream, to fantasize, to drift into off not unlike Sleeping Beauty (without any curses of course). The bed is described as:

“Eyvind Earle Bedstead. Hand-crafted Pennsylvania cherry wood box bed enclosure with hand-carved panel walls, with animals and foliage. California, Carmel Valley. {Dimensions 87 x 88 x 60 inches} Designed by Eyvind Earle, created and carved by Richard Purdy and William Schnute.”

Don a pink dress, stick your finger with a spindle needle, and change your name to Aurora; yeah, that could totally happen if you happen to win this bed (which has a estimated value of $4000 – $6000 with a starting bid of $2000. This is short notice, but you can try to win it yourself on June 9th right here.

Photos via: Walt Disney Family Museum and Michaans

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