WALTER E. "WALT" DISNEY - INSCRIBED ORIGINAL ART SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: FRANK THOMAS, NORM FERGUSON, TED SEARS, JIM BODERO, WEBB SMITH, CHARLES WOLCOTT - HFSID 350466
WALT DISNEY and HIS ARTISTS
Extraordinary collection including a sketch of Mickey Mouse by Walt Disney himself, and another sheet with original drawings of Disney characters by Disney artists, a composer and a business manager. Framed with two photos to an overall size of 25x33.
Framed Collection, including: 1) Original Art inscribed and signed: "To John Adrian, Hoping he will be able to draw better than this - Walt Disney", 6¾ x 10½ sheet, upon which Disney has drawn a pencil sketch of Mickey Mouse. Horizontal fold creased at center. Lightly toned and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. 2) Original Art signed by each of the following: drawing of Goofy, signed "Ted Sears, Santa Clara - 41"; Pluto, signed "Norm Ferguson"; Donald Duck, signed "Franklin Thomas"; Bacchus, signed "Jim Bodero"; J. Thaddeus Toad, signed in pencil "Toad - of Toad Hall, Webb Smith"; Autograph Musical Quotation signed, "I'm the Reluctant Dragon What Ho! Quite So!/Charles Wolcott S. S. Santa Clara, 1941". Also signed by Disney's business manager. 3) Photograph, unsigned, showing Walt Disney throwing a lasso; 4) Photograph unsigned, showing Disney with a group of his artists; 5) Biographic plaque about Walt Disney; and 6) Explanatory plaque, explaining the context of the piece. In part: "On August 17, 1941, Walt Disney and 15 of his studio staff (dubbed "El Groupo") embarked on a goodwill and movie making tour to South America at the urging of the US Government. The result was the eventual release of two wartime feature cartoons, 'Saludos Amigos' (1943) and 'The Three Caballeros' (1945). At the end of the tour, Walt and several other boarded Grace Lines' 'Santa Clara' for a 17-day return voyage. While on board, Walt met a young John Adrian and provided him with an extremely rare Disney original of the famous mouse." Disney collectors are aware that Walt never completely animated a single Mickey Mouse cartoon or even drew a single Mickey comic. As such, a drawing of Mickey in Disney's hand is a very rare item, with its witty self-deprecating inscription making it even more desirable. By the time this sketch was created, Disney was the head of a major film studio employing 600 workers and didn't have the hours in the day to create drawings for fans. When something special for a fan was appropriate, Walt usually favored having his studio artists prepare the artwork-complete with a "Walt Disney" signature signed by the employee. Authentic examples such as this are few and very far between! Minor wearing on frame corners and small chip in frame on left. Not framed by the Gallery of History, framing “as is”. Accompanied by Phil Sears LOA.
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