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Bonhams NY Auctions Toon Art

Production materials from such studios as Disney, Walter Lantz, Fleischer, Warner Bros., MGM, Hanna-Barbera, and Sullivan Studios will go on the block on Nov. 21 with Bonhams New York’s first auction dedicated to animation art. Cels, layout drawings, concept art, animation drawings and production backgrounds will be among the items offered to collectors. A total of 350 lots from memorable animated shorts and features will be previewed Nov. 18-20 at 595 Madison Ave. in New York City.

A background cel from Disney’s Pinocchio featuring the title character and Lampwick as they begin transforming into donkeys on Pleasure Island is expected to go for as much as $12,000. Other cels up for grabs include a pivotal moment featuring Maleficient from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (est. $7,000-9,000), a production background of the cupids helping the centaruette comb her hair in Fantasia (est. $10,000-15,000), and an image of the Evil Queen holding the box intended for Snow White’s heart (est. $10,000-15,000).

The earliest animation drawing offered is a Winsor McCay creation from 1914’s Gertie the Dinosaur. (est. $3,000-4,000). Collectors can also bid on cels from the Disney classic Dumbo and watercolors from Disney artist Gustaf Tenggren.

The illustrated catalog is available online for review and purchase at For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of more than 40 Bonhams specialist departments, go to

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