BOSTON – The art of animation stars in the remarkable July Fine Autographs & Artifacts sale from Boston-based RR Auction, with nearly 300 pieces of original production artwork up for bid through July 8. Among the represented lots are cels, drawings and concept paintings from Disney classics like Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.
– Mickey Mouse production cel from Traffic Troubles, with production background from The Picnic. (Walt Disney Studios, 1930/1931). This original production cel, featuring Mickey Mouse from Traffic Troubles, is placed on a rare hand-painted production background from The Picnic. The cel (above) shows Mickey driving his automobile, while the background features a lovely prairie scene from a different Mickey cartoon. An exceptionally rare, early setup featuring Disney’s beloved character. (Estimate: $20,000+) .
– Alice in Wonderland collection of 25 production cels (Walt Disney Studios, 1951). The extraordinary collection of 25 original production cels from Alice in Wonderland, celebrating the rich diversity of memorable characters found in the adored Disney classic. The character cels, which range in size are as follows: Accordion Owl; Alice; Alice’s Sister; Bill the Lizard; Bread-and-Butterflies and Tulips; Broom Dog; Cheshire Cat; Credits for Voice Cast; Dinah; Dodo; Dog-Caterpillar and Cat-erpillar with Flowers; Hedgehog; Hyacinth; Lily; Mad Hatter and March Hare; March Hare; Mome Raths; Mother Bird; Pencil Bird; The Queen and King of Hearts; Shovel Bird; Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum; The Walrus and the Carpenter; White Rabbit with Watch; and the White Rose. Each character cel is matted, and all but two are framed. The lot represents. an unprecedented assemblage of production cels honoring one of Disney’s most original and influential films. (Estimate: $30,000+).
– Pinocchio, Geppetto, and Figaro production key master background setup from Pinocchio (Walt Disney Studios, 1940). The original production key master background setup featuring Pinocchio, Geppetto, and Figaro from Pinocchio shows the elderly woodworker as he rushes to extinguish a flame Pinocchio’s finger, with Figaro observing from a shelf in the background. The cels have been trimmed and applied to a hand-painted production background from the same film. An incredibly impressive display piece from early in the film, augmented furthermore by its uncommon pose and a richly detailed background – certainly among the very finest Pinocchio celluloids we have offered. (Estimate: $20,000+).
– Mary Blair concept painting of Cinderella and Fairy Godmother from Cinderella (Walt Disney Studios, 1950) Gorgeous original concept painting by Mary Blair featuring Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother from Cinderella, showing the ‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’ song sequence as the godmother turns a pumpkin into a gleaming royal coach. Vividly cast in blue and white shades against a moonlit sky, the glowing new coach dominates the center of the painting, with Cinderella, her dog Bruno, and three mice-turned-horses looking on as the fairy godmother casts her magical spell. Accomplished in tempera and watercolor on an illustration board. In fine condition, with tack holes to corners. It is a masterful piece of conceptual artwork representing one of Cinderella’s most memorable scenes. Estimate: ($12,000+).
Other highlights include pieces from the Alexander McQueen Archive of Ruti Danan, handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan, an exceedingly rare Abraham Lincoln land grant, architectural drawings for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and an incredible signed portrait of Leo Tolstoy.
The Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on June 19 and will conclude on July 8 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
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