BOSTON – RR Auction‘s December Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale, scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, brings more than 1,000 items to the auction block. A special animation section features production cels from a number of Disney classics, plus concept paintings by legendary artists Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights include a Mary Blair concept painting of Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. The original artwork shows the surprised Alice climbing the Cheshire Cat’s tree on a moonlit night in the Tulgey Wood; the purple cat grins menacingly while holding his head above his body. Stunningly rendered in shades of purple, blue and black, the scene is a superb example of Blair’s artistic style — the dark composition aptly captures the Cheshire Cat’s mischievous nature and Alice’s astonishment at seeing him. The stunning, well-composed panoramic painting featuring Blair’s stylish interpretation of two of Disney’s most desirable characters has an estimate of $15,000-$20,000.
Other Mary Blair works that appear in the sale lineup include a concept painting for the Tea Party scene from Alice in Wonderland, estimated at $10,000-$20,000; and a concept painting of Peter Pan visiting the Mermaid’s Lagoon in Neverland, estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Among the production cels on offer is a magnificent Snow White on a custom watercolor background by Toby Bluth. It shows the young princess leaning over a well during the memorable I’m Wishing sequence — the first song featured in the movie, and by extension, the first in the animated canon. Its estimate is $6,000-$8,000.
The Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on November 18 and will conclude on December 7. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.
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