Animation Art on Block in L.A.

Original animation art from such classic series as Woody Woodpecker and Auggie Doggie will be among the entertainment memorabillia items up for bid on June 25 and 26 at Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles. The two-day event will feature nearly 350-lots, including rare and treasured cartoon imagery from major studios and master illustrators.

Collectors can bid on a pair of 1928 Disney Studios drawings depicting Minnie and Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie, the film tat introduced the famous Mouse House mascot. Another early Disney lot on the block features a watercolor-on-paper production background from the 1929 film The Karnival Kid, the first film in which Mickey spoke. Fans will also find items from Fantasia, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Dumbo, Pinocchio and others.

In addition to classic Disney artwork and other cartoon items from the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, the auction will spotlight cels from Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera favorites, as well as FOX’s The Simpsons and other contemporary animated series. Exhibits and previews of the lots open in Los Angeles on June 23, and the illustrated catalog is available online at