Comic-Con 2012: Rare Animation Treasures up for Auction
1:00 AM PDT 7/13/2012 by Andy Lewis
"Snow White," "Pinocchio" Art highlight Profiles in History's July 29 vintage animation auction. These big-ticket items are expected to fetch upwards of $80,000 each. Other rare items include a one-of-a-kind 1953 Disneyland prospectus and art from beloved '60s-'90s animated shows, including "The Simpsons" and "Scooby Doo."
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1953 Disneyland Prospectus
Walt Disney and artist Herb Ryman produced this drawing to give potential investors a feel for what the theme park, which opened in 1955, would look like. In addition to this 2' x 3' map the item includes a nine page description of the park and a smaller black and white map. The only known surviving copy of three sets made for a presentation to New York bankers.
The 'Simpsons' Family
Est. $200 - $300
Among the modern pieces up for auction are many cels from the SImpsons. This image of the Maggie, Marge, Homer, Bart, and Lisa at the opera from the season 1 episode "Bart, The Genius." The background is a 20th Century Fox-produced reproduction added to the piece for the sale.
'Lady and the Tramp' Spaghetti Sequence
Est. $14,000 - $20,000
Rare original production cel from Lady and the Tramp's famous "Bella Notte" spaghetti sequence. This piece, featuring the original dogs, spaghetti, table and candlesticks was assembled to commerate the opening of the Disneyland in 1955. A long-time company employee purchased it at the time and has owned it since.
Pinocchio in Geppetto's Workshop
Est. $60,000 - $80,000
This item places original Pinocchio and Geppetto cels on top of an original background featuring the toymaker's workshop. Although these three items were not on screen together, they are all originals. The background alone is considered one of the finest surviving pieces of art from the Disney's 1940 hit, considered one of the finest animated movies ever.
Mystery Machine from 'Scooby Doo'
Est. $500 - $700
This original pan production cel from 1969 features the 'Scooby Doo' gang sitting in its iconic Mystery Machine van. The cel is framed placed on an original production background painitng from the show.
Snow White Dancing With the Dwarfs
Est. $30.000 - $50,000
This cel from the 1937 hit Snow White, features the title character dancing with five of the seven dwarfs (one is semi-hidden underneath the coat). The characters are atop an original hand-painted background done in watercolor. Measuring 8.75" x 12.5" it sits in a frame that is 20" x 24".
Disney's Snow White Movie Adaptation Book Signed by the Creators
Est. $30,000 - $50,000
in conjunction with the release of the movie Snow White in 1937, Harper & Bros. publishers adapted the movie in this book. Walt Disney brought copies to the studio for the aninmators and other creators to sign as presents for European distributors. 51 of the 64 officially credited on the movie signed, including Disney with a flourish at the bottom. The signatures also include six of the key "nine old men" animators. The signatures are all in the same place, indicating they were signed simultaneously. Disney had twenty-four copies signed, three known copies remain. It is believed the rest were destroyed in Europe during the World War II.
Mickey Mouse 'Fantasia' Production Drawing
Many items, like this original production drawing from the 1940 hit Fantasia, carry relatively modest pre-sale estimates.
Disneyland Travel Poster: Matterhorn
Est. $300 - $500
This original '60s hand-silkscreened mock-travel poster advertised Disneyland's Matterhorn ride.
Disneyland Travel Poster: Primeval World
Est. $300 - $500
This original '60s hand-silkscreened mock-travel poster advertised Disneyland's Primval World train ride.
Disneyland Travel Poster: Monorail
Est. $300 - $500
Advertising the park's monorail, this original mock-travel poster from the '60s is hand-silkscreened.
Disneyland Travel Poster: Small World Ride
Est. $300 - $500
This original '60s hand-silkscreened mock-travel poster advertised the young kid's small world boat ride at Fantasyland.
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