NEW YORK – On Sunday, January 23, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a sale titled Animation Cels 1930s-1990s, which will feature 120 lots of original production cels as well as limited-edition cels, drawings, wire sculptures and other relevant items. The lineup is guaranteed to have you reliving part of your childhood, or that of your children or grandchildren.
Lots on offer are drawn from vintage and modern classics such as Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, and Rocko’s Modern Life; MTV stalwarts Beavis and Butthead and Aeon Flux; Hanna Barbera favorites including The Jetsons and The Flintstones; examples from beloved characters and films such as the Pink Panther, Animalympics, Cool World, and the Peanuts gang; Disney productions ranging from Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmations, The Jungle Book, and Fantasia; and the stars of Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes series, among others. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the highlights is a 1994 limited edition cel, Peace and Carrots, featuring Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian and signed by the legendary animator Chuck Jones. The image was transferred by serigraph screen onto a 16 field size animation cel, and each cel was hand-painted on the reverse side. Jones approved each finished piece with his signature. This example is number 495 of 750, and it is estimated at $500-$600.
A second head-turner comes from MTV’s Beavis and Butthead. The original production cel, used in the season 5 episode titled Wet Behind the Rears, carries an estimate of $350-$400. The plot revolves around a bloody accident Beavis suffers in gym class when a javelin hits his hand.
Yet another exceptional piece in the January 23 auction is a trimmed original production cel from the 1955 Disney film Lady and the Tramp. The cel, which pictures the dog Lady with a quizzical expression on her face, is mounted on a custom-painted background made for presentation purposes. It is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
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