(Walt Disney Studios, 1951) Original concept painting by Mary Blair featuring Alice from Alice in Wonderland, showing the instantly recognizable title character standing in a flowery garden. Accomplished in tempera and watercolor on a 10.25 x 8 illustration board. In fine condition. A fabulous rendition of the iconic Alice. RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: November 2014
Very scarce official color 8 x 10 NASA lithograph of Young in his white space suit, signed in black felt tip, “John Young, Apollo 16, 9th man to walk on the moon!” In very fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
(Walt Disney Studios, 1959) Spectacular original production cels featuring Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty with special effects, showing her as the dragon emerging from green fire. Image measures 7.5 x 6, with a mat opening of 7.5 x 6. This piece is also framed to an overall size of 14.5 x 13. In fine condition. RR Auction COA.
Exceptional German lithograph, 23 x 14, titled in German [translated here], ‘Perspective View of House in its Landscape in Springfield, Ohio, for Burton,’ with Wright’s handwritten pencil notations at the top, “Tri-dimensional Surface and Wall—(The Interior outwardly expressed) NEW. Walls are screens, roof uninterrupted planes. Offering in Europe 1910.” Double-matted to an overall size of 28.5 x 21. In fine condition, with subtle scattered foxing. The house depicted is the Burton Westcott House, built in 1904–05 and considered a significant example of Wright’s ‘Prairie Style’ houses. With Wright’s abstruse commentary at the top, he notes that the diagram is “tri-dimensional,” that is, shown in plan, section, and elevation, and that the “interior is outwardly expressed,” meaning that the interior function can be inferred by exterior design. Wright’s architecture grew popular in Germany, and the publisher Ernst Wasmuth released a two-volume lithograph portfolio of his designs—the first publication of Wright’s work anywhere in the world. This example comes from the Wasmuth portfolio that Wright annotated and gave to his longtime friend (and sometimes enemy) critic Lewis Mumford, who was noted for his study of cities and urban architecture. RR Auction COA.
Exceptional glossy 7 x 9 photo of Lou Gehrig with sportswriter Jeff Lyon at a 1938 spring training exhibition game at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, South Carolina, signed across his legs in fountain pen, “Best Wishes, Lou Gehrig.” Includes the original 5 x 7 negative from which the photo was developed. Matted and framed together to an overall size of 11.25 x 21.25, with a glass back so that the negative can be viewed; the image is sharp enough for the brand of Gehrig’s facsimile signature on the barrel of his bat to be perceived. In fine condition, with trivial chipping to edges. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA, a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA, and a copy of a tribute to Gehrig written by Lyon and published in the September 7, 1995, issue of the New Jersey Herald, describing the encounters that resulted in this signed photograph. In part: “I met and chatted not once but twice with Lou Gehrig…That was no mean feat for an unknown young sportswriter from an unknown paper up in Binghamton…in the spring of 1938…it was decided…to cover spring training of the local Eastern League team. That’s how this writer happened to be in Spartanburg, SC, when the Yankees stopped off for an exhibition game with their farmhands…I persuaded the photographer from the Spartanburg paper to pop a picture if I could get the famous star to hold still for it when I visited the dugouts to get my line-ups for the day…I finally asked the great man if he’d pose. He didn’t seem to mind at all…and I did have my official scorer’s book under my arm so he knew I was there on business. Later on in the summer, the Yankees came up to Binghamton for another exhibition with their farm team which led to my second brief chat with ‘Larrupin’ Lou.’ I stuck the picture under his nose and politely asked if he’d mind autographing it. He graciously complied, said something like, ‘Good picture,’ and left the dugout for his turn in the batter’s cage.”
Color 8 x 10 book photo, signed in black felt tip. In fine condition, with scattered handling creases. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
(Walt Disney Studios, 1950) Magnificent original concept painting by Mary Blair featuring Cinderella from Cinderella. Accomplished in tempera and watercolor on a 20 x 9 illustration board. The stylized artwork shows Cinderella in her bright white ball gown outside the iconic King’s castle. In fine condition. An amazing piece of original concept art, rare in this format, portraying a quintessential scene in the history of Disney animation. RR Auction COA.