Signed book: The Adventures of Mickey Mouse. First edition. Philadelphia: David MacKay Company, 1931. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.75. Boldly signed and inscribed on the dedication page, “To ‘Billy,’ With Best Wishes, Walt Disney.” The boards are slightly bowed. The spine benefits from professional restoration, with the page immediately inside the front cover replaced with a copy by the book restoration expert. The corresponding page inside the back cover was also professionally replaced, creating a solid book, with some mirroring of the inscription and signature, otherwise fine condition. The restoration did not affect the page signed by Walt Disney nor any of the other interior pages. Despite these physical flaws and repairs, the signed page remains an exceptionally bright and colorful example. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Phil Sears.
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(Walt Disney Studios, 1937) Original production cel featuring Dopey from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, showing him playing a drum. The cel has been trimmed and applied to an airbrushed woodgrain background as prepared by Courvoisier Galleries for sale, embellished with a printed image of the drum affixed to the front. Image measures 4 x 3.5, with overall dimensions of 8.5 x 8. The piece has the original Disney label on the reverse. Several small areas of chipping to paint (most near the bottom), otherwise fine condition. 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 matte-finish 9.5 x 7.5 photo of Disney on horseback dressed as an Argentine gaucho, boldly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Bill Branch, with my best wishes, Walt Disney.” In fine condition, with some irregular ink adhesion toward the end of the signature, uniformly trimmed edges, and a trivial chip to one corner tip. In 1941, Disney and some of the artists from his studio set out on a tour of South America, as part of the US State Department’s Good Neighbor program, intended to foster goodwill in South America to prevent the spread of Nazism in the Western Hemisphere. Walt and his artists visited several countries, finding artistic inspiration that would result in the films Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
(Walt Disney Studios, 1942) Original production cel featuring Bambi and Faline from Bambi. The cels have been trimmed to image and applied to an airbrushed background as prepared by the Disney Studio to be sold at the Courvoisier Galleries. Image sizes are 3.5 x 4.25 and 2.5 x 4, with a mat opening of 7.75 x 6.5. Mat dimensions are 14 x 13. In fine condition. Although not seen in the film, this wonderful setup was expertly crafted to remind us of the heartwarming scene where Bambi meets Faline for the first time.
(Walt Disney Studios, 1940) Original production cel featuring a dinosaur from the ‘Rite of Spring’ sequence in Fantasia. The cel is slightly trimmed to 12.25 x 10. Image measures 12 x 4.75. Slightly trimmed edges and some scattered light soiling, otherwise fine condition.
(Walt Disney Studios, 1953) Original production cels featuring Peter Pan, Tiger Lily, and Indian Chief from Peter Pan, showing the three characters seated close to each other. The three character cels are trimmed to image and placed on a matching laser copy background. Image measures 9 x 7, with a mat opening of 12 x 9.5. This piece is also framed to an overall size of 21.5 x 19.5. In fine condition. A wonderfully presented arrangement from the famous film.
(Walt Disney Studios, 1938) Original production cel featuring Harpo Marx from Mother Goose Goes Hollywood. Image of Harpo playing his violin measures 4 x 7, with overall dimensions of 12 x 10. In fine condition, with scattered mild rippling.
Personal check, 8.25 x 3, filled out in type and signed by Disney, “Walter E. Disney,” payable to Walt Disney Special Acct. for $450.00, stamp-dated November 19, 1949. In fine condition, with cancellation holes around beginning of signature, expected stamps, and a small red pencil mark to top right. Pre-certified Phil Sears and RR Auction COA.
Original hand-painted studio Art-Prop set-up from The Cold-Blooded Penguin segment of The Three Caballeros prepared at the studio for presentation. The cel has been trimmed to the outline of the figure, as was customary, and is set against the original hand-painted airbrushed background as prepared by the Walt Disney Studio for sale by the Courvoisier Galleries. The 8.5 x 7.5 cel depicts Pablo the Penguin, a melting candle on his nose, after he has sailed past ‘the Juan Fernandez Islands where Robinson Crusoe once lived and still does apparently.’ Cel is housed in its original cream 14.5 x 14 mat, and penned, in another hand, at mat edge beneath cel, “From Three Caballeros,” with encircled Walt Disney Productions “WDP” stamped at right. Signed and inscribed on the mat in blue artist’s pencil, “To Donna Jane, Best wishes, Walt Disney.” In very good condition, with some light rippling to cel and mild toning to mat, and restoration to the paint on the characters, which does not match the final version. A presentable and seldom-seen example from one of Disney’s more underrated productions. Pre-certified Phil Sears and RR Auction COA.