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Walt Disney’s will among treasure trove of animation memorabilia up for auction

Christmas has come early for fans of Walt Disney as a whole host of Disney memorabilia is set to go under the hammer, including original props, artwork and signed documents by the man, Walt Disney himself.

California-based auctioneer, Profiles in History is offering up more than 600 items of vintage and modern animation art, amongst other memorabilia Friday, with several products from other popular cartoons set to make an appearance too.

Among the big-ticket items, one that is set to put a spell on buyers is that of Walt Disney's last will and testament. The signed nine-page legal document, which mentions details about Disney Production stock, is expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000.

However, that's not the only product expected to go for a top dollar figure, at the "Animation & Disneyana Auction".

Another Disney-signed document that marks the launch of the Walt Disney brand — the legal license for the use of his name by Walt Disney Inc — is expected to fetch $60,000 to $80,000, while a production cel of Cinderella in her ball gown from the 1950 film, is set to go for $13,000 to $20,000.


American animator and motion picture studio founder Walt Disney (1901 - 1966) sits at his drawing board in his studio, drawing a sketch of his character Mickey Mouse, Burbank, California.
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American animator and motion picture studio founder Walt Disney (1901 - 1966) sits at his drawing board in his studio, drawing a sketch of his character Mickey Mouse, Burbank, California.

Several production cels — which are transparent sheets of celluloid that animators use to draw objects/cartoons on — are expected to draw in Disney fans during the auction, with cels from "Pinocchio", "Snow White" and "Peter Pan" all being auctioned off.

Other production cels featured in popular non-Disney cartoons are also expected to be a hit, with cels from "Looney Tunes" characters, the comic series "Peanuts", and "The Simpsons" all featuring in the auction.

Drawings, scripts, comic strips, paintings, clothing, props and figurines are all set to feature in the auction, with several items coming from popular cartoon series, as well as items from Hanna-Barbera Productions, the home of such cartoons as "The Flintstones", "Top Cat" and "The Jetsons".

Auctioneer, Profiles in History is set to hold its online auction of the "Animation & Disneyana" event at 11 a.m. PST (2.00 p.m. ET) on Friday, 9 December.

Check out the full catalog from Profiles in History.