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Auction Description for Profiles in History: Animation Auction

Animation Auction

(570 Lots)

by Profiles in History


570 lots with images

December 20, 2013

Live Auction

26901 Agoura Road

Suite 150

Calabasas Hills, CA, 91301 USA

Phone: 310-859-7701

Fax: 310-859-3842

Email: Info@profilesinhistory.com

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(2) Original Winsor McCay production drawings from Gertie the Dinosaur.

Lot 1: (2) Original Winsor McCay production drawings from Gertie the Dinosaur.

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Description: 1. (2) Original Winsor McCay production drawings from Gertie the Dinosaur. (Winsor McCay, 1914) (2) Rare and historical production drawings from Winsor McCay’s groundbreaking film Gertie the Dinosaur. McCay, an accomplished illustrator and Vaudeville performer, made 2 animated films previously. The first, Little Nemo (using characters from his popular newspaper strip), debuted in 1911 and used 4,000 animation drawings. McCay hand-colored the 35mm frames to achieve a striking effect and used the film in his vaudeville act. An experiment in movement with no real storyline, it was well received and McCay began work on his second film, The Story of a Mosquito, which took one year to complete. The Story of a Mosquito tells a comic tale of a mosquito’s encounter with a drunk. While also a big hit, theatre patrons suspected McCay was performing some sort of trick with wires. Motion pictures were quite new and movie audiences were naive and still getting accustomed to the medium. The idea of a drawing coming to life was unheard of. McCay decided to animate a Dinosaur to prove that his drawings moved. Thus, in 1913 McCay began to animate Gertie the Dinosaur. He enlisted the help of a young neighbor, John A. Fitzsimmons who traced backgrounds onto rice paper while McCay did all the principle drawings. 10,000 drawings were inked on rice paper and mounted on cardboard for registration. In this way, McCay was able to flip drawings through a primitive machine to check his work. With nothing but his own experience to rely on, McCay produced an astonishing piece of animation that holds up even to today’s standards. McCay painstakingly animated details such as particles of dirt falling, and water dripping. He gave Gertie personality and emotions. We see her eating, drinking, playing, and even crying. In February of 1914, Gertie the Dinosaur debuted in Chicago as part of McCay’s vaudeville act. McCay would appear onstage next to a movie screen and brandishing a whip. He would speak to the audience and explain how animated films were made, photographed, and projected. He would then introduce Gertie as, “the only Dinosaur in captivity”. At the crack of his whip, the film would begin. The act was an instant sensation and Gertie became one of the first cartoon “stars”. No film exists of McCay’s act, but in September of 1914, a film with a live-action prologue and epilogue was produced in which McCay makes a bet with friends that he can bring a Dinosaur to life. McCay’s stage dialogue with Gertie was replaced with inter-titles. The film retained much of its charm. A film with a “star” and a storyline, Gertie the Dinosaur became a landmark in the history of animation. Of the 10,000 drawings used to make the film, only around 400 are known to have survived. McCay went on to create several more animated films, and was one of the first to use cels rather than paper. Gertie still stands as his masterpiece and the most influential animated film of all time. Accomplished in ink on rice paper tipped to board, Gertie measures 3.5 x 6.5 in. on one drawing and 4 x 5.5 in. on the other Overall dimensions 6.5 x 8.5 in. Sequence numbers in lower right corners. $3,000 - $5,000

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Original production drawing featuring

Lot 2: Original production drawing featuring "Popeye" from Sock-a-Bye, Baby.

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Description: 2. Original production drawing featuring “Popeye” from Sock-a-Bye, Baby. (Fleischer Studios, 1934) Rare original production drawing of “Popeye” holding a crying baby from the 1934 Fleischer Studios short, Sock-a-Bye, Baby. Accomplished in graphite on untrimmed 8.5 x 11 in. animation paper. Image size is 6 x 7 in. Overall condition is very fine with slight discoloration. $400 - $600

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Lot 3: Original production drawing featuring "Spunky" from Always Kickin'.

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Description: 3. Original production drawing featuring “Spunky” from Always Kickin’. (Fleischer Studios, 1939) Rare original production drawing of “Spunky” holding a bird from the 1939 Fleischer Studios short, Always Kickin’. “Spunky”, along with his mother “Hunky”, starred in a series of Color Classic Theatrical shorts between 1938 and 1941. The untrimmed animation paper measures 8.5 x 11 in. Image size is 4 x 4.5 in. Overall condition is very good with minor edge wear and discoloration spots. $200 - $400

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Original production layout drawing from Gulliver's Travels.

Lot 4: Original production layout drawing from Gulliver's Travels.

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Description: 4. Original production layout drawing from Gulliver’s Travels. (Fleischer Studios, 1939) Vintage original detailed production layout drawing from the 1939 Fleischer Studios feature film, Gulliver’s Travels. The animation paper measures 12.5 x 11 in. Image size is 10.5 x 7 in. The page is comprised of two sheets that are attached at the center seam. Overall condition is good with discoloration, wrinkling, creases, and pinholes from production use. $200 - $400

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Original production storyboard drawing from Mr. Bug Goes to Town.

Lot 5: Original production storyboard drawing from Mr. Bug Goes to Town.

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Description: 5. Original production storyboard drawing from Mr. Bug Goes to Town. (Fleischer/Famous Studios, 1941) Vintage original production storyboard drawing from the 1941 Fleischer Studios short, Mr. Bug Goes to Town. The untrimmed storyboard paper measures 8.5 x 11 in. Image size is 6 x 8 in. Overall condition is very good with minor edge wear. $200 - $400

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Original production story drawing from Popeye's Mirthday.

Lot 6: Original production story drawing from Popeye's Mirthday.

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Description: 6. Original production story drawing from Popeye’s Mirthday. (Paramount/Famous Studios, 1953) Original production story drawing featuring” Popeye” and his nephews from, Popeye’s Mirthday. The “Popeye the Sailor” series of theatrical shorts originated at Fleischer Studios in 1933. In 1941, Paramount seized control of the struggling studio and renamed it Famous Studios. Much of the original staff of animators and directors stayed with the studio and continued the “Popeye” theatrical series through 1957. Accomplished in graphite, on untrimmed 8.5 x 11 in. animation paper. Total image size is 8.5 x 11 in. Paper condition is very good with very little wear throughout and pinholes in the corners. $200 - $300

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Original production story drawing drawing from Spooking About Africa.

Lot 7: Original production story drawing drawing from Spooking About Africa.

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Description: 7. Original production story drawing drawing from Spooking About Africa. (Paramount/Famous Studios, 1957) Original production story drawing featuring ”Casper the Friendly Ghost” from, Spooking About Africa. The first “Casper the Friendly Ghost” theatrical short originated at Famous Studios in 1945. After two more succesful outings, Paramount started a theatrical series that ran from 1950 thru 1959. Casper went on to become one of the most famous properties from Paramount/Famous Studios. In 1959 Alfred Harvey, founder of Harvey Comics, bought the rights to “Casper” and began broadcasting the theatrical series on Television under the Harveytoons banner. Accomplished in graphite, on untrimmed 8.5 x 11 in. animation paper. Total image size is 8.5 x 11 in. Paper condition is very good with very little wear throughout and pinholes in the corners. $200 - $300

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Original key master production cel and background featuring

Lot 8: Original key master production cel and background featuring "Popeye" from Rocket to Mars.

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Description: 8. Original key master production cel and background featuring “Popeye” from Rocket to Mars. (Famous, 1947) (Famous Studios, 1946) Stunning original production cel and key master matching background featuring “Popeye” from the 1947 Famous Studios short, Rocket to Mars. The key master set up measures 12.5 x 16 in. Popeye’s image size is 6 x 5.5 in. Overall condition is very good with a small tear near the left edge of the cel. $2,000 - $4,000

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Rare original key master production cel and background featuring

Lot 9: Rare original key master production cel and background featuring "Casper" from Boo Moon.

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Description: 9. Rare original key master production cel and background featuring “Casper” from Boo Moon. (Famous Studios, 1954) Extremely rare original production cel and key master matching background featuring “Casper” from the 1954 Famous Studios short, Boo Moon. One of only two shorts produced by the studio in the “Sterotoon” 3D format, it featured spectacular imagery and detailed background painting. The key master set up measures 12.5 x 16 in. Overall condition is very fine with all paint intact. $6,000 - $8,000

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Original production cel and background from Popeye the Sailor.

Lot 10: Original production cel and background from Popeye the Sailor.

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Description: 10. Original production cel and background from Popeye the Sailor. (King Features Syndicate, 1960) Original production cel of “Swee’Pea” from the Popeye the Sailor TV Series of the 1960s. In the late 1950s Fleischer Studios’ Popeye the Sailor theatrical shorts were broadcast regularly on TV and garnered big ratings. King Features Syndicate, who owned the rights to Popeye, but not to the Fleischer cartoons, decided to start a new series to capitalize on his popularity. The new series used multiple studios for production including Jack Kinney Studios, Halas and Batchelor, and even Paramount Cartoon Studios. The series ran from 1960 through 1962 and 220 episodes were produced. The untrimmed cels of “Swee’Pea” and a bird measure 10.5 x 12.5 in. and have been placed on a production background. “Swee’Pea’s” image size is 3 x 3.5 in. Overall condition is fine with all paint intact. $200 - $400

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Original Ub Iwerks production model drawing from Fiddlesticks.

Lot 11: Original Ub Iwerks production model drawing from Fiddlesticks.

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Description: 11. Original Ub Iwerks production model drawing from Fiddlesticks. (Iwerks Studios, 1930) Original model drawing of a violin-playing mouse from Ub Iwerks first “Flip the Frog” short, Fiddlesticks. Filmed in two-color Technicolor (two years before Disney made his first color short), “Fiddlesticks” was Iwerks first release from his new studio after leaving Disney. Accomplished in graphite and colored pencil on untrimmed 9.5 x 12 in. animation paper. Total Image size is 4.5 x 9 in. Drawing is in fine condition with very little wear throughout. $200 - $400

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(2) Original Ub Iwerks production cels from 1930s shorts.

Lot 12: (2) Original Ub Iwerks production cels from 1930s shorts.

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Description: 12. (2) Original Ub Iwerks production cels from 1930s shorts. (Iwerks Studios, 1930) (2) Original hand-painted production cels or model cels from an early Ub Iwerks cartoon shorts. Cels from this era and this studio are extremely rare. The cel of the “Swashbuckler” is trimmed to image and measures 4.25 x 5 in. The cel of the “Chinese men” is trimmed to 4 x 3.25 in. Both cels have some chipping and ink wear. $300 - $500

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Original Ub Iwerks

Lot 13: Original Ub Iwerks "Flip The Frog" production drawing from Flying Fists.

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Description: 13. Original Ub Iwerks “Flip The Frog” production drawing from Flying Fists (Iwerks Studios, 1930) Rare original production drawing of “Flip the Frog” from, Flying Fists. This short was Flip The Frog’s second appearance and the second release from Iwerks’ new studio after keaving Disney. Accomplished in graphite on untrimmed 9.5 x 12 in. animation paper. Total Image size is 3.5 x 3 in. Drawing is in fine condition with very little wear throughout. $400 - $600

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Lot 14: Original Ub Iwerks "Flip The Frog" production model drawing.

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Description: 14. Original Ub Iwerks “Flip The Frog” production model drawing. (Iwerks Studios, 1933) Rare original production model drawing featuring expressions of “Flip the Frog” from, a 1930s short. Accomplished in red pencil on untrimmed 9.5 x 12 in. animation paper. Total Image size is 4 x 11 in. Drawing is in fine condition with very little wear throughout. $400 - $600

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Original model drawings from The Foxy Terrier.

Lot 15: Original model drawings from The Foxy Terrier.

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Description: 15. Original model drawings from The Foxy Terrier. (Van Beuren, 1935) Rare original model drawings from Van Beuren Studios’ The Foxy Terrier. The overall sheet is untrimmed, measuring 12 x 9.5 in. Image area of model drawings is 10 x 8 in. Overall condition is very good with very minor edge wear. $100 - $200

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Lot 16: Original model sheet featuring "Widow Perkins" from Parrotville Post-Office.

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Description: 16. Original model sheet featuring “Widow Perkins” from Parrotville Post-Office. (Van Beuren, 1935) Rare original hand-drawn model sheet featuring “Widow Perkins” from Van Beuren Studios’ Parrotville Post-Office. The untrimmed sheet measures 9.5 x 12 in. Image area measures 8.25 x 11 in. Overall condition is very good with very minor edge wear. $100 - $200

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Lot 17: Original production drawing of "Krazy Kat" from Little Lost Sheep.

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Description: 17. Original production drawing of “Krazy Kat” from Little Lost Sheep. (Columbia Studios, 1939) Original production drawing of “Krazy Kat” from Little Lost Sheep. A popular comic strip, “Krazy Kat” was first animated by the Hearst Studios in 1916, then again by Bray Studios in 1920. In 1925, Bill Nolan initiated a series that eventually ended up at Mintz Studios and Columbia Pictures. The series ran until 1940. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10.25 x 12 in. The total image size of the characters is 3.25 x 11.5 in. Drawing is in good condition with some light staining and a tear around one of the top peg holes (image not affected). $100 - $200

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Original production cel and production background from The Fox and the Crow.

Lot 18: Original production cel and production background from The Fox and the Crow.

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Description: 18. Original production cel and production background from The Fox and the Crow. (Screen Gems, c. 1940s) Original production cel and production background from a Screen Gems theatrical short. Created in 1941, by animator/director Frank Tashlin, “Fauntleroy Fox” and “Crawford Crow” quickly became the studio’s most popular characters. Both the untrimmed cel and background measure 10 x 12 in. Exhibiting some wrinkling at the base of the cel, overall very good condition. $200 - $400

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Original production background from a Screen Gems Short.

Lot 19: Original production background from a Screen Gems Short.

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Description: 19. Original production background from a Screen Gems Short (Screen Gems/Columbia Studios, 1940s) Original production background featuring an overhead view of a city from a 1940s Screen Gems theatrical short. The untrimmed background measure 10 x 12 in. Overall condition is very good. $100 - $200

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Original production cel from The Happy Tots on watercolor production background.

Lot 20: Original production cel from The Happy Tots on watercolor production background.

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Description: 20. Original production cel from The Happy Tots on watercolor production background. (Columbia Studios, 1939) Original production cel from the 1939 Color Rhapsody, The Happy Tots. The cel has been placed on a watercolor production background from another Columbia Studios production. Both the cel and background have been slightly trimmed to 8.25 x 11 in. Drawing is in fine condition with minimal wear and no paint loss. $600 - $800

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Terrytoons original Heckle And Jeckle production cels on production background.

Lot 21: Terrytoons original Heckle And Jeckle production cels on production background.

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Description: 21. Terrytoons original Heckle And Jeckle production cels on production background. (Terrytoons, 1949) Two extremely rare cels of “Heckle” and “Jeckle” from the theatrical short series of the same name. Created by Paul Terry at his own studio and released through 20th Century Fox, “Heckle And Jeckle” first appeared in 1946 in The Talking Magpies, Their theatrical career would run for 20 years, ending in 1966. The untrimmed cels measure 10 x 12 in. and have been placed on a Terrytoons production background from the same era. The untrimmed background measures 10 x 13.25 in. and has a Terrytoons Studios stamp in the upper left corner. Total image size of the two characters is 4.5 x 7 in. Overall condition is very good with slight wear to the edges of the background. $400 - $600

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Extremely rare Walter Lantz master

Lot 22: Extremely rare Walter Lantz master "Dinky Doodle" publicity photo with original art.

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Description: 22. Extremely rare Walter Lantz master “Dinky Doodle” publicity photo with original art. (Bray Studios, 1924) Amazing and extremely rare publicity photo featuring Walter Lantz with original artwork of “Dinky Doodle”. Lantz began his career at age 16 as a cameraman at the fledgling Hearst Animation Studio. By age 18, he was a full fledged animator. In 1919, at the age of 19, Lantz moved to the John R,. Bray Studios. Bray, a pioneer in animation, soon promoted Lantz to the position of studio manager and made Lantz responsible for creating his own characters. Lantz’s first creation was “Dinky Doodle” and his canine pal, “Weakheart”. Expanding on the format of Fleischer’s popular Out Of The Inkwell series, Lantz appeared in the “Dinky Doodle” shorts and combined live-action with animation. Presented here is a master photo of Lantz from one of the “Dinky Doodle” shorts. Images of “Dinky Doodle”, “Weakheart”, and natives, as well as the tree and rope he has been tied with, have been created on paper, trimmed out and applied to the photo to create the scene. This master photo was then photographed again and used for publicity purposes. The final negative of the scene is also included. Inked in the lower right-hand corner is “DD#10”, indicating it is the 10th “Dinky Doodle” cartoon produced. Lantz left Bray in 1927, moved to California and after a brief stint with the Max Sennett studio, founded the Universal Studios Animation studio, took over “Oswald The Lucky Rabbit” from Disney, and went on to create an enourmous catalog of animated characters including “Woody Woodpecker”, “Andy Panda” and “Chilly Willy”. This is an extremely important piece in the history and development of animation. Overall condition is very good with slight wear throughout. The entire piece measures 10 x 8 in. $2,000 - $3,000

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Original production cel of Leopold Stokowski from Walter Lantz's Hollywood Bowl.

Lot 23: Original production cel of Leopold Stokowski from Walter Lantz's Hollywood Bowl.

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Description: 23. Original production cel of Leopold Stokowski from Walter Lantz’s Hollywood Bowl. (Lantz/Universal Studios, 1938) Rare original production cel from Walter Lantz’s 1938 short, Hollywood Bowl. As was popular among all the animation studios during this time period, this short featured caricatures of popular stars of the era. The untrimmed cel measures 10.25 x 12 in. The character’s image size is 7.5 x 4 in. Cel is in good condition with paint loss and lifting throughout. $300 - $500

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Original production cel of Martha Raye from Walter Lantz's Hollywood Bowl.

Lot 24: Original production cel of Martha Raye from Walter Lantz's Hollywood Bowl.

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Description: 24. Original production cel of Martha Raye from Walter Lantz’s Hollywood Bowl. (Lantz/Universal Studios, 1938) Rare original production cel featuring Martha Raye from Walter Lantz’s 1938 short, Hollywood Bowl. As was popular among all the animation studios during this time period, this short featured caricatures of popular stars of the era. The untrimmed cel measures 10.25 x 12 in. The character’s image size is 5.5 x 3.5 in. Cel is in very good condition with some ink wear and lifting. $300 - $500

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Original production cel of Joe Penner from Walter Lantz's Hollywood Bowl.

Lot 25: Original production cel of Joe Penner from Walter Lantz's Hollywood Bowl.

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Description: 25. Original production cel of Joe Penner from Walter Lantz’s Hollywood Bowl. (Lantz/Universal Studios, 1938) Rare original production cel featuring Joe Penner from Walter Lantz’s 1938 short, Hollywood Bowl. As was popular among all the animation studios during this time period, this short featured caricatures of popular stars of the era. The untrimmed cel measures 10.25 x 12 in. The character’s image size is 6.5 x 6.5 in. Cel is in good condition with paint loss and lifting throughout. $300 - $500

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Original production cel from a Walter Lantz cartoon short.

Lot 26: Original production cel from a Walter Lantz cartoon short.

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Description: 26. Original production cel from a Walter Lantz cartoon short. (Lantz/universal Studios, 1940) Unusual production cel featuring “The Admiral’s Butler” from an early 1940s Walter Lantz short. After the success Courvoisier Galleries had in marketing the artwork of the Disney Studios, almost every major studio made their own attempt to market their cels. In the case of this particular cel, it has been trimmed to 8 x 6.5 in. and placed on a wood grain background with a custom mat. The mat is inscribed, “The Admiral’s Butler---an original by Walter Lantz”. A wonderful example of Lantz and Universal’s attempts to market the artwork generated in the production of an animated short. The entire matted piece measures 12 x 10 in. The Butler’s image size is 7 x 5 in. In very fine condition with all paint intact. $200 - $400

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Original production cel and matching vertical pan production background from Mousie Come Home.

Lot 27: Original production cel and matching vertical pan production background from Mousie Come Home.

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Description: 27. Original production cel and matching vertical pan production background from Mousie Come Home. (Lantz/Universal Studios, 1946) Beautiful vertical pan watercolor production background with matching production cel from the 1946 “Andy Panda” theatrical short, Mousie Come Home. The untrimmed production cel measures 10 x 12 in. The vertical pan background measures 13.5 x 24.5 in. The background has a crease in the center where it was once folded. The cel is in fine condition with all paint intact. The background has some slight staining but overall in very good condition. $800 - $1,000

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Original production background and original story painting from Mousie Come Home.

Lot 28: Original production background and original story painting from Mousie Come Home.

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Description: 28. Original production background and original story painting from Mousie Come Home. (Lantz/Universal Studios, 1946) Beautiful watercolor production background paired with a watercolor story painting from the 1946 “Andy Panda” theatrical short, Mousie Come Home. The untrimmed production background 10.5 x 14.5 in. The story painting measures 8.5 x 10.5 in. Both are in fine condition with some tape residue along the edges and minor wear. $600 - $800

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Original production background and drawing of

Lot 29: Original production background and drawing of "Andy Panda" from Andy Panda's Victory Garden.

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Description: 29. Original production background and drawing of “Andy Panda” from Andy Panda’s Victory Garden. (Universal/Lantz, 1943) Rare original production background and production drawing featuring “Andy Panda” from Walter Lantz’s Universal Pictures short, Andy Panda’s Victory Garden. The drawing is untrimmed and measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. The image of Andy Panda with his wheelbarrow is 7.5 x 9 in. The background is slightly trimmed to 9.75 x 12.5 in. Background image size is 8.5 x 11.5 in. Overall condition is very good with small pinholes in top center of the drawing and discoloration in lower right corner of the background. $500 - $800

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Original end title cel and background from Woody Woodpecker.

Lot 30: Original end title cel and background from Woody Woodpecker.

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Description: 30. Original end title cel and background from Woody Woodpecker. (Universal/Lantz, 1950s) Rare original production end titles cel and background from a 1950s Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker short. The cel and background are untrimmed and measure 10.5 x 12.5 in. Image size is 9 x 12 in. Overall condition is very good with adhesive residue in margins. $400 - $600

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(2) Original Grim Natwick production drawings of

Lot 31: (2) Original Grim Natwick production drawings of "Woody Woodpecker".

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Description: 31. (2) Original Grim Natwick production drawings of “Woody Woodpecker”. (Universal, c. 1940s) Vintage original production drawings from a 1940s Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker short. These drawings were done by animator Grim Natwick, who is credited with designing Betty Boop for Fleischer Studios. Both drawings are on untrimmed animation paper measuring 10.5 x 12.5 in. Overall condition is very good with minor edge wear. $100 - $200

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Original production cel of

Lot 32: Original production cel of "Woody Woodpecker" on production background.

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Description: 32. Original production cel of “Woody Woodpecker” on production background. (Universal/Lantz, 1950s) Original production cel and production background featuring a full-figure side view pose of “Woody Woodpecker” from a 1950s Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker short. The cel and background are slightly trimmed to 9.5 x 11.5 in. Image size of Woody Woodpecker is 6.75 x 4.5 in. Overall condition is very good with some minor line wear and paint lifting. Staple holes in the upper corners. $200 - $300

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Signed original production cel and production background featuring

Lot 33: Signed original production cel and production background featuring "Woody Woodpecker".

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Description: 33. Signed original production cel and production background featuring “Woody Woodpecker”. (Lantz/Universal Studios, 1950s) Beautiful original production cel of “Woody Woodpecker” placed on a hand-painted production background from the studio. The untrimmed cel and background measure 10 x 12 in. The cel has been hand-signed by Walter Lantz. Woody’s image size is 5 x 6 in. Overall condition is fine with all paint intact. $400 - $600

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Original production cel and background from Hot Noon.

Lot 34: Original production cel and background from Hot Noon.

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Description: 34. Original production cel and background from Hot Noon. (Universal, 1953) Rare original production cel and background from Walter Lantz’s Universal Pictures short, Hot Noon. The cel and background are untrimmed and measure 10.5 x 13 in. The image size is 9.5 x 12 in. Overall condition is fine with tape attaching the cel and background together in the corners. $200 - $400

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Original presentation boards featuring artwork from All Hams On Deck.

Lot 35: Original presentation boards featuring artwork from All Hams On Deck.

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Description: 35. Original presentation boards featuring artwork from All Hams On Deck. (Lantz/Universal Studios, 1970) Unusual oversize presentation boards, used by the studio to demonstrate how cartoons are made. Both boards measure 30 x 40 in. The title board features an 11 x 14 in. photo of Lantz at work with a hand-lettered title “How Cartoons Are Made”. The second board features three photos of Lantz and staff members as well as an original music script and storyboard panels from the Woody Woodpecker short, All Hams On Deck. Overall condition is very good with lots of edge wear. $1,500 - $2,000

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Signed original production cel, production drawing, and production background featuring

Lot 36: Signed original production cel, production drawing, and production background featuring "Chilly Will

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Description: 36. Signed original production cel, production drawing, and production background featuring “Chilly Willy”. (Lantz/Universal Studios, 1970s) Original production cel of “Chilly Willy” placed on a hand-painted production background from the studio. The untrimmed cel and background measure 10 x 12 in. The cel has been hand-signed by Walter Lantz. Also included is the matching original production drawing. Chilly’s image size is 2.5 x 2.5 in. Overall condition is fine with all paint intact. $200 - $400

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Original production cel of

Lot 37: Original production cel of "Woody Woodpecker" from Academy Awards.

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Description: 37. Original production cel of “Woody Woodpecker” from Academy Awards. (Universal, 1991) Rare original production cel featuring “Woody Woodpecker” holding a list of nominees for best animated short film from The Academy Awards in 1991. The cel is untrimmed and measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. Image size of Woody Woodpecker and his list is 7.5 x 9.5 in. Overall very good condition. $100 - $200

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Original model drawing from The Chinese Nightingale.

Lot 38: Original model drawing from The Chinese Nightingale.

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Description: 38. Original model drawing from The Chinese Nightingale. (MGM Studios, 1935) Rare original model drawing of the Chinese emperor from the early MGM studio production, The Chinese Nightingale. The untrimmed animation paper measures 9.75 x 12 in. In fine condition with very light wear. $100 - $200

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Original production drawing from Little Ol' Bosko And The Cannibals.

Lot 39: Original production drawing from Little Ol' Bosko And The Cannibals.

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Description: 39. Original production drawing from Little Ol’ Bosko And The Cannibals. (MGM Studios, 1937) Rare original production drawing featuring “Bosko” from Little ol’ Bosko and the Cannibals. “Bosko” was conceived by Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising, in 1927 while the pair worked with Walt Disney on his Alice Comedies series. They had hoped to use the character to capitalize on the new “talkie” craze sweeping the motion picture industry. In 1929, after leaving Disney and a short stint at Universal, they produced a short pilot sound cartoon to market their character. This short was the first animated production in history to use synchronized speech. Leon Schlesinger offered the pair a contract to produce a series of cartoons and Bosko became one of the first stars of the Merrie Melodies series. Harman and Ising kept all rights to their character and after a contract dispute in 1933, left Warner Bros and took their character to MGM Studios, where he was redesigned into the little boy seen here. Accomplished in graphite, and colored pencil on untrimmed 9.5 x 12 in. animation paper. Paper condition is fine with very little wear throughout. Image size is 6.5 x 5.5 in. $400 - $600

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Original concept painting for The Dance Of The Weeds.

Lot 40: Original concept painting for The Dance Of The Weeds.

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Description: 40. Original concept painting for The Dance Of The Weeds. (MGM Studios, 1941) Beautiful original concept painting for the Rudolph Ising directed short, The Dance Of The Weeds. Accomplished in Gouache on 6 x 8.5 in. artists board. In fine condition with very light wear. $200 - $400

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Original opening title cel and original background from The Dance Of The Weeds.

Lot 41: Original opening title cel and original background from The Dance Of The Weeds.

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Description: 41. Original opening title cel and original background from The Dance Of The Weeds. (MGM Studios, 1941) Incredibly rare original production title cel and matching production background from The Dance Of The Weeds. The untrimmed cel and background measure 10.5 x 13 in. There is some paint missing in the lettering, but overall in very good condition. $800 - $1,000

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Original production layout drawing from Tex Avery's Dumb Hounded.

Lot 42: Original production layout drawing from Tex Avery's Dumb Hounded.

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Description: 42. Original production layout drawing from Tex Avery’s Dumb Hounded. (MGM Studios, 1943) Beautifully detailed original production layout drawing from Dumb Hounded. Directed by Tex Avery, Dumb Hounded the first appearance of “Droopy Dog”. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. In fine condition with very little wear throughout. $400 - $600

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Original production layout drawing from Barney Bear and the Uninvited Guest.

Lot 43: Original production layout drawing from Barney Bear and the Uninvited Guest.

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Description: 43. Original production layout drawing from Barney Bear and the Uninvited Guest. (MGM Studios, 1943) Beautifully detailed original production layout drawing for the opening titles of Barney Bear and the Uninvited Guest. Accomplished in graphite and colored pencil, the untrimmed animation paper measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. In fine condition with very little wear throughout. $400 - $600

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(2) Original production drawings from Tex Avery's Screwball Squirrel.

Lot 44: (2) Original production drawings from Tex Avery's Screwball Squirrel.

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Description: 44. (2) Original production drawings from Tex Avery’s Screwball Squirrel. (MGM Studios, 1944) (2) Original production drawings featuring “Screwy Squirrel” and the dog from the classic Tex Avery directed short, Screwball Squirrel. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. The image of the Squirrel measures 4 x 4.5 in. In fine condition with very little wear throughout. $200 - $400

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Signed original production drawing from Tex Avery's Swingshift Cinderella.

Lot 45: Signed original production drawing from Tex Avery's Swingshift Cinderella.

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Description: 45. Signed original production drawing from Tex Avery’s Swingshift Cinderella. (MGM Studios, 1945) Original production drawing featuring “Red Hot” from the Tex Avery directed short, Swingshift Cinderella. The drawing has been hand-signed by animator Preston Blair. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. The image of “Red Hot” measures 4 x 4.5 in. In fine condition with very little wear throughout. $300 - $500

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Original production drawing of

Lot 46: Original production drawing of "Red Hot" from Swing Shift Cinderella.

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Description: 46. Original production drawing of “Red Hot” from Swing Shift Cinderella. (MGM Studios, 1945) Original production drawing featuring “Red Hot” from Tex Avery’s Swing Shift Cinderella. Accomplished in graphite on untrimmed 10.5 x 12.5 in. animation. Image size is 8.5 x 7.5 in. Studio stamp along bottom edge. Drawing is in fine condition with light edge wear. $600 - $800

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(2) Original production drawings from Tex Avery's Senor Droopy.

Lot 47: (2) Original production drawings from Tex Avery's Senor Droopy.

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Description: 47. (2) Original production drawings from Tex Avery’s Senor Droopy. (MGM Studios, 1949) (2) Original production drawings featuring Droopy and the bull from the classic Tex Avery directed short, Senor Droopy. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. In fine condition with very little wear throughout. $200 - $400

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Original opening title cel and original background from The Cat and the Mermouse.

Lot 48: Original opening title cel and original background from The Cat and the Mermouse.

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Description: 48. Original opening title cel and original background from The Cat and the Mermouse. (MGM Studios, 1949) Incredibly rare original production title cel and matching production background from the “Tom And Jerry” short, The Cat and the Mermouse. The untrimmed cel and background measure 10.5 x 13 in. In very good condition. $800 - $1,000

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(15) Original animation drawings featuring Tom and Jerry.

Lot 49: (15) Original animation drawings featuring Tom and Jerry.

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Description: 49. (15) Original animation drawings featuring Tom and Jerry. (MGM Studios, 1940s) (15) Rough animation drawings featuring Tom and Jerry from a 1940s theatrical short. The drawings came from the estate of animator Pete Burness, who worked on the early Tom and Jerry shorts before leaving for a career at UPA studios. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. In varying conditions with wear along the edges. $200 - $400

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(20) Original animation drawings featuring

Lot 50: (20) Original animation drawings featuring "Tom" the cat.

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Description: 50. (20) Original animation drawings featuring “Tom” the cat. (MGM Studios, 1940s) (20) Rough animation drawings featuring Tom the cat from a 1940s theatrical short. The drawings came from the estate of animator Pete Burness, who worked on the early Tom and Jerry shorts before leaving for a career at UPA studios. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10.5 x 12.5 in. In varying conditions with wear along the edges. $200 - $400

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