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Auction Results for 20 Pieces of Animation Art

Sleeping Beauty

Last weekend, Profiles in History in conjunction with Van Eaton Galleries (disclosure: they are an advertiser on Cartoon Brew) staged a massive animation art auction. I’m not a collector, but found it fascinating to browse through the auction results and see what prices the lots commanded as well as what pieces didn’t sell (for example, lots of Fantasia art).

Here’s a sampling of twenty pieces and how much each sold for. The last few prices are staggering.

1.
Original MGM Studios Barney Bear model drawings
Sold for $354
Barney Bear

2.
Frank Thomas original production layout drawing from Pinocchio
Sold for $354
Pinocchio

3.
The Ren & Stimpy Show complete 135-page storyboard for the episode, “Stimpy’s Fan Club”
Sold for $944
Ren & Stimpy

4.
Four drawings of Adolf Hitler from Scrap Happy Daffy
Sold for $944
Scrap Happy Daffy

5.
Tex Avery’s Blitz Wolf original title background
Sold for $1,121
Blitz Wolf title card

6.
Bart Simpson panoramic multi-cel background setup from The Simpsons
Sold for $1,416
The Simpsons

7.
“Once Upon a Winterime” cel and production background from Melody Time
Sold for $1,652
Once Upon a Wintertime

8.
Original model sheet from Mickey’s Mechanical Marvel
Sold for $2,006
Mickey's Mechanical Marvel

9.
Doug Wildey Jonny Quest original model sheet
Sold for $2,124
Jonny Quest model sheet

10.
The Flintstones Pebbles original model sheet (drawn by Gene Hazelton?)
Sold for $3,540.00
Pebbles Flintstone

11.
Mickey’s Service Station production background
Sold for $7,080
Mickey's Service Station

12.
Original Tim Burton artwork for Jack Skellington as “Santa Jack” from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Sold for $7,080
Nightmare Before Christmas

13.
Original production cel of Dick York from Bewitched, signed by Dick York
Sold for $12,980
Wow, is Bewitched really that popular?
Bewitched

14.
Pinocchio original production cel with preliminary background
Sold for $12,980
Pinocchio

15.
Mary Blair original concept painting of Peter Pan on beach w/ Lost Boys, Hook & Smee from Peter Pan
Sold for $14,160
Mary Blair

16.
Original production cel and production background from Song of the South signed by Walt Disney
Sold for $14,160
Song of the South

17.
Key matching cels and production background from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Sold for $41,300
Is this some kind of a record for TV animation artwork?
Charlie Brown

18.
Gustaf Tenggren original concept painting for Pinocchio
Sold for $70,800
Pinocchio

19.
Sleeping Beauty production cel and large pan background
Sold for $94,400
Sleeping Beauty

20.
1924 Walt Disney letter to Ub Iwerks
Sold for $247,800
(Note: Jerry posted this letter a few months ago on Cartoon Brew.)
Walt Disney Letter