Profiles in History’s latest Animation Auction catalog

Profiles in History’s Animation Auction catalog is now ready for viewing and download here.

You can pre-order now for $35 each. Hardcopy prints will be available starting the middle of next week.

It’s a good-looking catalog and, in my opinion, much more cohesive than last December’s catalog. Items are lotted by studio first and year of production second. As with any collection of animation, it is Disney-heavy (about 3/4 of the catalog is Disney-related items). But there is still a healthy selection from Hanna-Barbera, Charles Schulz, Walter Lantz and Warner Bros.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Fleischer Studios rare color production cel and production background featuring Betty Boop
  • Extremely rare animation cel from Chuck Jones’ One Froggy Evening
  • Original production cel from the opening titles of the classic Bewitched TV series
  • Gustaf Tenggren original painting of Little Red Riding Hood
  • “Ratty” ride car from the Disneyland “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” attraction
  • Rare Disneyland vintage attraction posters
  • Original and unique Prospectus for the funding of Disneyland
  • Walt Disney’s documented first movie camera for Laugh-O-Grams
  • Ub Iwerks Steamboat Willie layout drawing
  • Walt Disney and staff signed “Snow White” book
  • Vertical pan production background of the Hag creating the Poison Apple from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Original cel and matching background featuring Pinocchio, Geppetto and Figaro
  • Mary Blair original concept artwork
  • Eyvind Earle original concept art
  • Original production cel from the “Bella Notte” sequence of Lady and the Tramp
  • Original production cel and matching production background from The Jungle Book

I think the gem of the sale is Walt Disney’s 1953 hand-drawn prospectus for the creation and funding of Disneyland. This is an incredibly important and historic document–one of only 3 created by Walt Disney and Herb Ryman and the only one known to still exist.

This is the description from the catalog:

277. RARE AND IMPORTANT 1953 DISNEYLAND PROSPECTUS. (Walt Disney, 1953) Rare original document drafted by Walt Disney and artist Herb Ryman to give words and images to Walt’s idea of a family fun attraction. This complete document in a folder is one of 3 supposedly produced personally by Disney and Ryman for Walt to take to New York to find a partner to invest $5 million to finance the building of Disneyland. He left these 3 documents with 3 bankers in New York and left without an investor. This document was discovered at an estate sale on Long Island in New York in the early 1980s and has been in the same owner’s hands since 1984 (collectibles expert and appraiser Gary Sohmers) who has extensively researched it, to determine its rarity and importance. It has been viewed by Dave Smith of the Walt Disney Archives and deemed authentic. The document includes: an outer 9” x 12” folder with tabs to hold pages featuring what appears to be rub on lettering “DISNEYLAND”. Inside the folder are 9 typed pages describing Walt’s planned park with descriptions of the different “lands”, including some that never came to fruition such as “Lilliputian Land” and “Happy Holiday Land.” The first Map inside the front cover is a large 24” x 36” stat, hand colored by Herb Ryman in colored pencils featuring a birds-eye view of the proposed park. The second Map is a 12” x 18” stat of an architectural rendering of the proposed park showing an advanced stage of planning for the acreage that was purchased in Anaheim. The typed pages include quotes from Walt that have been referenced about the proposed park ever since. One page features only “Walt Disney – sometime – in 1955 will present to the people of the world – and children of all ages – a new experience in entertainment. In these pages is proffered a glimpse into this great adventure – a preview of what the visitor will experience – Disneyland.” This is an extremely rare document in the history of Walt Disney and has never been reproduced in whole or in part. Although several sources on the Internet reference the document in research and company history, this is the only copy known to still exist. $80,000 – $120,000

This lot represents the best of Walt Disney as an artist and an entrepreneur. He was a visionary in both fields, a duality of genius that is perhaps only matched by the late Steve Jobs.

A lot of great art and artifacts are in this new offering of animation memorabilia.

UPDATE: The catalog actually arrived early. They are available now.