Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is set to hold a multi-million dollar Hollywood memorabilia auction with over 1,500 lots, May 14 and May 15 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Day one will feature 700 lots containing some of the most coveted items in Disney Animation history, including a handwritten letter written from 1924 by Walt to his former colleague and creator of Mickey Mouse, Ub Iwerks, one of the single greatest animators the world ever knew. In the letter, Walt convinces Ub to come to Hollywood and join his studio…the rest is history! The importance of this letter cannot be overstated.
Other items you can expect to see up for auction include, James Dean’s tweed jacket worn in Rebel Without a Cause, Cecil B. DeMille’s Golden Calf used in The Ten Commandments, an originalCinderella production cel signed by Walt Disney, original watercolor concept art from Fantasia, an original production cel of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs signed by Walt Disney, Director Mel Stuart’s archive of material from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory featuring a screen-used “Everlasting Gobstopper,” original Charles Schultz Peanuts 4-panel comic strip from 1963, a Trader Mickey one sheet poster depicting Mickey and Pluto on a raft being attacked by angry hippos, Sylvester Stallone’s boxing gloves from the first Rocky, Gustaf Tenngren’s original concept painting for Pinocchio with Pinocchio searching the murky depths of the sea for Monstro the whale, Jeff Bridges’ “The Dude” signature sweater worn throughout The Big Lebowski, amongst many other classic and memorable items.
As well as these great items, there are some more interesting items not listed that would peak the interest of any serious Disney fan. For many, the name Mary Blair is synonymous with the creation of its a small world or the giant mural in the centre of the Contemporary Resort. Before any of here theme park creations she was involved in artwork for some of Disney’s earliest movies and on sale will be an amazing picture drawn for the concept of Peter Pan.
You can visit the site at www.profilesinhistory.com to find out more. The catalogue for the auction will be released in the next few days and we hope there will be even more great, unique items to come. You can find the specific page for the auction here
Anything that takes your fancy?