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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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, 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.
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.
Scarce vintage crayon ‘block letter’ signature and inscription, “To Jane Clair—With my best wishes, Walt Disney,” on an off-white 7.75 x 9.25 card bearing affixed magazine photos of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Card is affixed to a slightly larger off-white sheet. Mild scattered toning and soiling, and the affixed Donald Duck covering an insignificant portion of the inscription, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Phil Sears, who notes that this is a late 1930s signature in Disney’s rarer ‘block’ style. RR Auction COA.