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Last year, I reported on what was to be the last auction hosted by Howard Lowery's Gallery... So imagine my surprise when a brand new auction catalog arrived in the mail from Howard himself!
"Earlier this year, when a gentleman whom I have known nearly thirty years asked that I offer his collection, I could not refuse" Howard says in the catalogue. "That collection is the raison d' etre for this auction."
There are some absolutely amazing pieces in this auction. Elements from every stage of the animation process are being offered, such as character sheets, concept sketches and paintings, storyboards, rough animation drawings and cleaned-up animation drawings. And, of course there are some incredible cels - many of which have their original matching backgrounds.
Many of the Disney classics are represented here, including "Snow White," "Pinocchio," "Alice in Wonderland," "Peter Pan," and even "Fantasia." There are even a few original pencil drawings used in the production of "Steamboat Willie."
Here is your chance to own - or even just get a glimpse - of the real cels of such moments as the Wicked Queen showing the magic mirror the box she believes contains Snow White's heart... Snow White screaming in fright as she runs through the spooky forest... Jiminy Cricket stuck in an air bubble that has sprung a leak under the sea... Cinderella crying on a bench, moments before she meets her Fairy Godmother... and Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice, conducting the stars and planets around him.
There are several Disney cartoon title cards being offered, which also come with their original cover sheet - that have Walt's signature of approval. These are gorgeous pieces. Two that struck me were the original portraits of Goofy and Pluto that were used at the beginning of many of their cartoons.
Although the majority of the items being offered here are Disney- related, there are a few other items of major importance in animation history. There is a batch of eight original pencil drawings featuring several Warner Bros. Cartoon stars, including Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote. There are two original "Peanuts" cartoon strips, drawn by the late Charles Schulz. There are a few cels of the famous cat & mouse team of Tom and Jerry.
One of the earliest animated films ever made was "Gertie the Dinosaur" by Winsor McCay. This film was actually part of a stage show, and shown on a screen that McCay stood beside to interact with the characters. Each frame of this cartoon was hand drawn with India ink on rice paper (cels were not a part of the animation process until much later). These original drawings are extremely rare... and two of them are a part of this auction.
Only a small number of people will have the means to bring home any of these masterpieces. But all of the items will be available for viewing in Glendale before the auction - which I heartily recommend for anyone who cares about animation history. And the color catalogue that Howard has assembled for the auction is marvelous, filled with the history of each of the pieces for sale.
Exhibition of these items will take place at the Glendale Hilton Hotel on Thursday May 10th and Friday May 11th, between 10 am and 7 pm each day. The auction will be on Saturday, May 12th, at 1 pm.
The Glendale Hilton is located at 100 W. Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale, CA. Their phone number is 818 956 5466.
For more information on Howard Lowery and other animation memorabilia he has to offer, see the sidebar.
I'm afraid I'll be in New York that weekend... but I just may phone in a bid on items 83 or 228...
...But if you go, tell 'em Destiny sent you.
Howard Lowery Animation Auction
Exhibition of items:
Day of Sale:
Glendale Hilton Hotel
Visit www. howardlowery.com (still under construction) for Howard's on-going auctions on eBay.
Please feel free to email me at DestinyLaw @go.com. I can't guarantee a response... but I'd still love to hear from you!
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