Classic Disney Cels Drew Huge Sales at Heritage Auctions
A bunch of original cels from Disney classics such as Snow White, Fantasia, and Lady and the Trump continue to attract huge figures at Heritage Auctions’ Animation events. Last month, February 21, at the Animation Art Signature Auction, a 3 cel setup from Walt Disney’s Lady and the Trump managed to get $33,460, while a cel that features Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia managed to sell for $26,690, overall reporting 93.9% by value and 97.8% by lot.
The top lot honors belong to the 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with a production cel set up fetching $26,290, and an Evil Queen production cel with signed card brought $25,095, and a production cel featuring Snow White surrounded by seven pint-sized heroes as she sings “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” and accented with a hand-painted background, fetching $20,315. A rare character model sheet featuring concept drawings for each of the seven dwarfs, plus notations, realized $6,572.
“Our formula was to auction primarily fresh material that had never before been offered for sale, with almost no reserves, and to cross promote it to a new generation of bidders as well as seasoned animation collectors,” said Jim Lentz, director of Animation Art for Heritage. “We plan to continue in this vein and also to continue emphasizing the whole range of animation from 1928-2000.”
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