Neil Patrick Harris outed himself as a big spender Wednesday night.
In 2016, Van Eaton Galleries’ “Souvenirs of Disneyland” auction raked in $1.2 million—$172,500 of which came from Harris, who bid on an original stretching portrait from the park’s Haunted Mansion attraction. The actor appeared on The Late Late Show, where he admitted to being a major memorabilia collector. “I love stuff from the Haunted Mansion. The Haunted Mansion in Disney is, like, my favorite thing ever,” said Harris, who was on the show to promote Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events. “It just fits into my Scooby-Doo/Murder Mystery wheelhouse. And so I try and acquire as many things that are from the actual Haunted Mansion as possible.”
“There was an auction in L.A. a couple years ago, and I bid on—and won—one of those Haunted Mansion stretching portraits. You know in the first room when you go in and they say, ‘Is this haunted room actually stretching or is it your imagination?’ I got one of the original stretching portraits. It’s a bearded guy and he’s in boxer shorts and he’s standing on a TNT barrel!” he said. “I just wanted to get it and I spent way too much money on it, because I was just bidding on an app. I won’t say how much, but it was way too much.” (Unbeknownst to Harris, The Chicago Tribune reported on the auction in 2016, so…his secret is out.) “My friend Chris Hardwick—he’s amazing!—texted me the next day and said, ‘Dude, you got the Haunted Mansion stretching portrait? That’s amazing. I was bidding against you.’ I said, ‘Really? You were?’ He said, ‘Yeah, but I stopped because it was getting crazy expensive.’ It turns out I was bidding against one of the wealthiest people in the world—and I still wanted it bad enough that I ended up getting it.”
Harris declined to name the other bidder, but he implied it was Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. “I don’t want to say his name,” he explained, “because I still want free two-day Prime shipping when boxes come to my house.” Moreover, he insisted, “I don’t want to get in a fight with anybody!”