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“Icons of Animation” Auction

I just received Profiles In History’s latest auction catalog: Icons of Animation and its pretty incredible. Above are a few of the offerings that caused me to do a Tex Avery double take: a rare cel from one of The Flintstones sponsor bumper for Winston cigarettes; pencil animation from MGM’s Bosko and The Pirates (1937); and a cache of production photos from the Kinex stop motion studio – the one above from The Cannibal Isle (1927). Priceless stuff!

The Icons of Animation auction takes place on Saturday December 17th at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills. Van Eaton Galleries will be displaying the material in advance preview, December 9th through 16th (10am to 6pm each day). Their are literally hundreds of Disney items ranging from cels from The Band Concert (1935) to Mary Blair originals from Alice in Wonderland (1951). Lots of stuff for every taste, from Gulliver’s Travels cels to Leon Schlesinger Bugs Bunny comic strips… check out the entire catalog online here.

Click thumbnails below to enlarge images – L to R: a pan cel from Tezuka’s Astro Boy; The Icons of Animation catalog with the earliest surviving color Mickey Mouse Cel on the cover (note the green trunks!); and an incredibly rare cel set up from Iwerks’ Balloonland (1934):
  • Peter H

    The cover cel of Mickey is from “Parade of the Award Nominees”, made in 1932 for showing at the 5th Academy Awards banquet. Mickey’s first color appearance, it featured caricatures of the nominees.

  • Peter H

    Re: “Parade of the Nominees” (shown 28 November 1932) – this is thought to be the film for which Joe Grant was first hired to provide the caricatures. It prompted the Mickey short “Mickey’s Gala Premiere” (released 1 July 1933) for which Joe provided more caricatures and became a Disney employee.

  • Wow! cool stuff. I’ve only seen that Flintstones commercial in B&W, it’s great to see that and the Iwerks image (from a Cinecolor film) in full color. The Mickey cel, from the Parade of the Award Nominees, is probably even rarer than The Band Concert.

    • Peter H

      Interesting that the photographic cigarette is in black and white, despite the artwork being colour. Presumaby this means that the ad was only ever intended for B&W TV viewing (as oppposed to cinema), and the artwork was only done in colour because the regular show was. (I presume this was before the days when a studio’s characters were farmed out to commercials studios to animate under license.)

      • David Breneman

        Well I’m surprised that the Winstons commercials would have been painted in color when ABC was the “all black and while network.” Surely H/B didn’t expect Winston’s sponsorship to run for years into whenever ABC finally made the conversion to color (a conversion that even CBS didn’t make until the late 60s).

      • Jeff Kurtti

        I imagine it was in color because that’s how their production pipeline was set up, and that for the sake of a commericial it was just more economical to shoot the color set up in B&W rather than change the whole process up to Camera as well.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I’m certain it was as well. I saw a similar cel someplace else of Fred holding a can of Carnation Milk that was done the same way.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Wow, Fred smoking and the single color episode of Astro Boy produced (not counting the sepia-toned episode).

    • Michael F.

      Winston tastes good like a cigarettes should! I am always amazed at how the Flintstones market such family-friendly or kid-oriented stuff today even though they marketed Winston and Busch Beer so long ago.

      • Carl Russo

        Don’t forget the Hamm’s bear and Joe Camel.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I always adored the Hamm’s Bear character myself.

  • anonymous

    Some wonderful art for sale. Especially fond of the Blair and Earle stuff. Funny to think if most of Earle’s Bgs for Sleeping Beauty were accumulated ( and sold) together they could be worth more then the film cost to make!

  • I wrote an extensive post back in 2008 regarding Walt’s first appearance at the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ banquet, held on November 18, 1932 at the Ambassador Hotel in downton Los Angeles. Parade of the Award Nominees was shown at this gathering. The post can be found here: http://www.vintagedisneymemorabilia.blogspot.com/2008/02/walt-disney-first-academy-awards.html

  • My own twisted sense of humor would love to have that Fred Flintstone cell hanging on the wall of apartment just so I can see visitors’ reactions to it. Sadly, that $1,500 starting price puts it more than a little bit out of my price range.

  • mbm

    FYI: Profiles in History’s other big auction has some Disney concept art pieces and storyboards from The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, etc. and other items from the Warner Bros., Hanna Barbera, and Disney archives

  • I love looking at things I love but can’t afford :P

  • Could someone tell me the deal with item #302?

    It’s a drawing of Donald from “Orphans Benefit”. I referenced the actual short and the pose from the drawing is there, but reversed!

    Would the item have greater or less value because of this?

    Please let me know. Thanks :)

  • Thank you very much for this post. Because of this post I am now owner of some beautiful animation artwork, for the first time in my life. I’m curious how it will arrive in Europe, though…