Some rare and remarkable concept art from Disney classics such as Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty are currently available for sale through Boston-based RR Auction, which prides itself on selling historic material, thoroughly examined by in-house experts and third-party authenticators. Fans are advised to act quickly because the auction closes on Wednesday, January 8.
Highlights of this session include:
- Mickey Mouse production cel and production background from Fantasia
- 25 production cels from Alice in Wonderland
- Mary Blair concept painting of Peter Pan, John, Wendy, Michael and Tinker Bell from Peter Pan
- Mary Blair concept paintings from Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland
- Five Eyvind Earle’s concept paintings from Sleeping Beauty and Lady and the Tramp
- Donald Duck and José Carioca production cel from Saludos Amigos signed by Walt Disney
- Ariel production cel from The Little Mermaid
- A huge Charlie Brown drawing by Charles M. Schulz
- The Evil Queen production cel from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- A rare four-piece production cel display from Pinocchio
- Mickey Mouse and Kat Nipp custom-painted cel and production background from The Karnival Kid
- Life-size Goofy statues once displayed at Epcot
- A Disney Studios’ Duckster award from 1952
“As the next generation of collectors enter the marketplace, quality, iconic animation cels are seen as the blue chip pieces,” says RR Auction COO Bobby Eaton. “Accelerating values bring out great consignments from our long time client base. It’s exciting to see a healthy marketplace where everyone is happy.
Eaton says Mickey Mouse, Fantasia, the Evil Queen and The Little Mermaid have a strong emotional connection to everyone. “That’s the reason why people collect art, because it touches us in such a personal way. Having these emotions portrayed in their original forms and concepts is hard to resist,” he notes.
When asked about the best strategy to bid on items, Eaton says, “I always tell people to only buy what they love …. And set a budget!”