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Nickelodeon Studios time capsule cover hits the auction block

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Just over 30 years ago – on April 30, 1992 – a time capsule was buried at Nickelodeon Studios Orlando that was set to be opened after 50 years. Unfortunately, the studio closed in 2016, and the time capsule was moved to California; however, the original Nickelodeon Studios time capsule cover is now up for auction.

Nickelodeon Studios time capsule cover

Part of Heritage Auctions’ The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Signature Auction Vol. III that runs Sept. 23-26, 2022, the one-of-a-kind 42-inch (and nearly 45-pound) cover reads, “The Nickelodeon time capsule was buried on this spot on April 30, 1992, as a gift to kids of the future.”

Nickelodeon Studios time capsule cover

The cover’s edges are worn, there’s chipped paint, and a few scuffs, and scratches, but considering it was outside at Nickelodeon Studios Orlando from 1992 to 2016, Heritage Auctions rates it as being in good condition.

On the back is a list of all the items inside the Nickelodeon Studios time capsule:

Nickelodeon Studios time capsule content list
  • MC Hammer CD
  • Michael Jackson CD
  • Piece of the Berlin Wall
  • World Atlas
  • History book
  • Nicktoons T-shirt
  • Book of Endangered Species
  • Comic book
  • Phone book
  • Rollerblades
  • Bubblegum
  • Skateboard
  • Barbie Doll
  • Hostess Twinkies
  • Can of Pepsi
  • Pump Sneakers
  • Videotape of “90210”
  • Videotape of “Home Alone”
  • Videotape of “Back to the Future”
  • Photos of current cars, trains, and planes
  • Lead pencil
  • Neon phone
  • Current TV Guide
  • A baseball
  • Nintendo Gameboy
  • Joey Lawrence “Whoa” Hat
  • VHS-c camera and tape of the Burial Event

The current proxy bid for Nickelodeon Studios Orlando time capsule Cover (Lot #17186) is $4,100 ($4,920.00 w/ Buyer’s Premium). Live floor, live phone, mail, fax, internet, and Heritage live bidding for this item will open on Sept. 24, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. CT (Signature Floor Session 2).

The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Signature Auction Vol. III auction begins on Sept. 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. CT. Click here for more information and to register to bid.

Check out the 1992 time capsule ceremony here:


Footage of 1992 Nickelodeon Time Capsule ft. Joey Lawrence & Mike O'Malley | NickRewind
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