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Animation Auction Jaw-Droppers

A Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs storybook autographed by the entire staff of the picture…

An original cel and background, from the first Max Fleischer Color Classic, Poor Cinderella (1934):

The actual camera Walt Disney first used to produce Laugh-O-Grams and Alice Comedies in the 1920s…

These are a scant few of the aesthetically wonderful and historically important items Mike Van Eaton has gathered for his latest animation auction with Profiles In History. The complete catalog is now available online. The auction itself takes place on Sunday July 29th. Van Eaton will have much of this material on display at his booth at the San Diego Comic Con.

Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images of a few of my personal favorite pieces in this auction: Mary Blair concept paintings for Alice In Wonderland; cels and backgrounds from Tex Avery’s Hollywood Steps Out; producer Fred Quimby’s autograph on a classic Tom & Jerry, Spike & Tyke cel set-up; and Fred Flintstone putting out a cigarette, from the Winston commercial from the show’s first primetime season. Wonderful stuff. Check out the catalog and dream!

  • Gbop

    The catalog alone is 35 bucks! Sigh, fantastic items though

  • Chris Sobieniak

    This is all gorgeous and totally bitchin’!

    • You could have stopped at “gorgeous” without getting vulgar.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I’m sorry to offend people with some dated slang.

  • wowser!

  • Great stuff i would love to have some Looney Tunes production cells.

    I have one of the Jetsons though :)

  • Walter

    You can open up an awesome museum with everything in that catalog…*sad*

  • Aki’sRightThumb

    I don’t get it? Is this for people in Animation who need benefits?…

    In that case, great auction for a great cause :)

  • Paul N

    I’m guessing the Disney Museum will be all over some of these items, especially the camera.

  • A couple of years ago, I was at the gallery with two animators who started thumbing through the artwork for sale. One of them came across a drawing he recognized, looked at the price and sighed “I drew this but I can’t afford to buy it”.

  • Jonathan

    It’s a shame “Poor Cinderella” was filmed in a Cinecolor. That cel puts “Somewhere in Dreamland” to shame.

  • Weirdly, after reading the auction description for the Snow White book, it seems Fred Moore’s signature isn’t in it. That tears it for me.

    Seriously, it’s a great collection of stuff-loved seeing the rare items from Disneyland-both 2D (the Marc Davis original concept sketch for Pirates would be my pick-but certainly unaffordable) and 3D.

  • There are a lot of errors throughout the catalog, from the annoying (HOLD THE LION, PLEASE drawing ID’ed as BUGS BUNNY & THE THREE BEARS; a drawing ID’ed as being from MICKEY’S MAN FRIDAY that’s really from its unmade sequel), to embarrassing (a 1999 Woody Woodpecker Show cel ID’ed as being from an original Lantz cartoon). This lack of knowledge is typical of all dealers, with the exception of Howard Lowery, so it isn’t surprising. But it always irks me that dealers put these kind of price tags on art they can’t even properly identify, almost as much as it irks me that people actually buy them at those prices.

  • Katella Gate

    I need a better paying job… fast.

  • Victor Kong

    That Snow White book should be worth a lot…I currently have a Snow White book autographed by Roy E. Disney, planning on getting the signatures of as much 90s “Renaissance” guys as possible.

  • Eric Graf

    From the nitpick dept. – That isn’t a matching background for the Betty Boop cel. That background appears earlier in the film, before Betty/Cinderella arrives. Betty and the Prince’s dance was shot in front of the “set-back” 3D turntable. Still a magnificent piece. I’m off to buy a lottery ticket now.

    In related news, MAN Cinecolor sucked!

    • Manfred the Wonder Dog®

      It’s not stated (above) that they’re actually “matching.” But thank’s for the info.

  • Hi To All–And sorry for errors in the catalog. I try to be careful, but things do slip by. The catalog is available to download rather than purchase, and closer to the auction, I usually have a few extra catalogs at the Gallery in case someone needs one—Mike Van Eaton

  • OtherDan

    Wish I had money to burn. This collection should all be under one roof in a cartoon museum in LA! Why doesn’t one exist already?

  • Lee B.

    I’m sorry, but there is simply no way that the Charlie Brown and Snoopy sketches on page 32 were actually drawn by Charles Schulz. They look like they were done by a fourth grader.

  • Mark Sonntag

    I’d buy the camera if I could, there is some really cool artwork up in this one, one of the best auctions I’ve seen.