Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

I've previously shown a quintessential flag painting by Jasper Johns from the collection of the late author Michael Crichton. Crichton also owned some animation art of superlative quality. Here is a great cel from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" sequence of Walt Disney's "Fantasia (1940) mounted on a Courvoisier Gallery background. Crichton could collect both high-concept Pop Art and outstanding Disney animation art—my kind of guy.

Walt Disney Studios

Price Realized

  • £6,000
  • ($9,468)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
    £2,000 - £2,500
  • ($3,164 - $3,955)

Sale Information

Sale 5570 
Popular Culture: Film and Entertainment 
25 November 2010
London, South Kensington

Lot Description

Walt Disney Studios
Fantasia, 1940
Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice greeting a broom carrying two buckets of water, gouache on celluloid applied to a watercolour production background, framed, accompanied by an originalWalt Disney Productions certificate
Image: Mickey: 5½x5¾in. (14x14.5cm.) Broom: 5x2in. (13x5cm.)
Overall: 18½x16½in. (47x42cm.)

Special Notice

VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.
Saleroom Notice
Please note this cel is applied to a Courvoisier airbrush background and not a production background as stated in the catalogue 
Pre-Lot Text

November 8, 2015 Update:
"Fantasia," 1940
Walt Disney
"Fantasia" Still 26:50
A match for Mickey, but not for the broom
Christie's Sale 5570, November 25, 2010

Note:  My most recent post on Disney animation art is here.


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