Look what arrived in the mail! The Profiles in History Animation Auction catalog features over 900 amazing works of art from Disney, Warner Bros, Hanna-Barbera, and Walter Lantz among others. If you ever wanted to own a piece of art from a classic Disney film, here’s your chance. The catalog is over 200 pages, and I’ll highlight just a few of my favorites here, but if you want to see the whole catalog, you can view it online.
For the bargain hunters, there are animation cels from television cartoons such as the Simpsons and Hanna-Barbera’s Superfriends.
The auction isn’t just animation art. These silkscreened travel posters advertised the rides at Disneyland and would be the pride and joy of any Disney collection.Their estimated price of $300-500 is less than you might pay for a recent Mondo poster. I’ll take the Tomorrowland poster, please.
For those of you with deeper pockets than me, how about this Disneyland prospectus? This was the original drawing created by Walt Disney and artist Herb Rhyman to show Walt’s vision of Disneyland to investors. This piece is from the collection of Gary Sohmers, our favorite appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. This is the only copy known to still exist of the original three that were made. The estimate on this is $80-120,000!
The reason I love auction catalogs is that they are filled with information. The description for this Snow White book is a half page long and describes in detail the funding process of the movie. This book is signed by Walt Disney and 51 of the people involved in the creation of the movie. This is “the most significant Disney book available to the collector.” Estimated price: $30-50,000.
Is it wrong that I am drawn to these cels in a book filled with 200 pages of “priceless” drawings?
Oooh, look what’s going to be at the San Diego Comic-Con — Professor X’s wheelchair from the X-Men movies!
This auction has something for everyone, with items ranging from a $100 to $100,000, but even if you don’t plan on bidding, I would highly recommend browsing through the catalog. After you check out the catalog, let me know what items would get you to take out that second mortgage!