A three-cel setup that shows the famous spaghetti scene from Disney's Lady and the Tramp has highlighted Heritage Auctions' February 21-23 Animation Art Signature Auction.
The New York sale saw the setup make $33,460 as top lot. It was described by the auction house as "one of the most beloved and desirable scenes in the history of Disney animation."
The scene is comprised of three cels, one showing Tramp with a mouthful of spaghetti, another showing Lady seated next to him and the third with the tablecloth, plate and candle. The background is rendered in oil - a very rare feature - and was created by the Walt Disney art props department using the original background layout drawing as reference.
The piece was created especially for the unveiling of the Art Corner at Disneyland, which had opened just one month after the release of Lady and the Tramp in 1955. Originally hung in the store, it is in mint condition and still has the original mat and gold sticker on the reverse.
We currently have a superb collection of autographs and drawings from the Disney animators for sale, which have been added to a first edition copy of Walt Disney's America.
Disney memorabilia dominated all the top sales of the auction, yet Chuck Jones' artwork from Looney Tunes also made a strong appearance. The top selling item of Jones' work was a Pepe de Pew original watercolour, which made $13,742 and was consigned from the collection of Jones himself, who died in 2002.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a remarkable collection of animation art, including an original drawing of Bugs Bunny by fellow Looney Tunes artist Fritz Freleng.
Also held on February 21-23 was Heritage's Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.
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