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ACTOR BUYS 'DISNEYLAND' SIGN IN AUCTION.

Byline: Jesse Hiestand Staff Writer

Along with fond memories, actor John Stamos and his wife, actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, now have the authentic 13-foot-tall marquee ``D-I-S-N-E-Y-L-A-N-D'' to remind them of the park where they took their first date.

Stamos, a 37-year-old Orange County native, paid $30,700 at auction for the mammoth galvanized steel letters that greeted visitors to the Anaheim park from 1989 to 1999.

Using trucks and a crane, it will reportedly be delivered to his ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains today.

``I think I got a steal,'' Stamos said Tuesday. ``It's a piece of California history - like having the Hollywood sign.''

No word yet on how neighbors feel about a collector's item that, when stood end to end, measures more than 90 feet.

``It's extraordinarily large,'' said Michelle Bergman, spokeswoman for Walt Disney Internet Group, which launched Disney Auctions with Web site eBay on Oct. 16. ``We're just happy it's someone who really wanted it.''

As others bid on books, animation cels and Mickey Mouse Club hats, Stamos landed the winning big on Oct. 23, topping 32 other offers in bidding that started at $2,000.

The purchase was not announced until Tuesday as the deal was being completed, Bergman said.

The sign was the park's third since it opened in 1955. It was taken down for construction of California Adventure, an expansion of Disneyland set to open early next year.

Stamos, best known for playing ``Jesse'' on the ABC series ``Full House,'' recently produced the movie ``Beach Boys: An American Family'' for the network and has a Christmas movie out in December.

Some 90,000 authentic, rare and one-of-a-kind Disney collectibles and memorabilia are being sold at Disney Auctions, www.ebay.disney.com.

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