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Howard Lowery's Gallery is closing after 30 years of
sharing animation history
Something I've tried to do with my columns is to always include sources of information for those of you who wish to delve further into any of the subjects I've written about. But right now I want to quickly tell you about one of the sources itself - one that is disappearing soon.
Over the last few years, more and more animation galleries have sprung up everywhere. And animation cels - both original production cels and various reproductions - have become widely sold items.
Howard Lowery's, located on Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, California - a short drive from the Disney and Warner Bros. studios - not only deals in animation books, posters, and toys - but has also hosted many auctions of rare cels and other art from classic productions. And there have been signings there, with many of the artists that have created the best cartoons and animated features ever made.
I confess that I myself have spent an obscene amount of money at the store.
The owner and manager, Howard Lowery (if you didn't guess his name already), is a walking encyclopedia of animation history. I have referred many friends to him for quick appraisal "guesstimate" of their animation cels.
Unfortunately, the location will be closing at the end of September. Although Howard plans to continue to sell animation memorabilia via mail- order and the internet, the store itself - after 30 years - will no longer be there to browse through.
Their last auction, to be held at the store this Saturday (August 26, 2000) features many rare pieces of comic art, including rare original strips from "Terry and the Pirates" by Milton Caniff, "Blondie" by Chic Young, and "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray.
There are several wonderful pieces of Disneyana included as well. For sale at the auction are several original drawings from the "Mickey Mouse" comic strip, which was drawn by artist Floyd Gottfredson from 1930 to 1975 (even though he always signed them as Walt Disney).
A very special self-portrait of Disney animator (and one of the Nine Old Men) Ward Kimball is also included in the auction, which Ward painted for a 1977 cover of the Art Instruction Schools magazine "The Illustrator."
There is a preliminary pencil drawing by Carl Barks showing Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie all feasting on ears of corn. Also available at auction on Saturday is art created for an illustrated storybook based on the 1939 Donald Duck cartoon, "Donald's Penguin."
...But the pieces that will probably get the most attention at the auction are several original "Peanuts" comic strips drawn by the late Charles Schulz, including cartoon strips featuring Lucy's psychiatric booth, Charlie Brown's baseball game, Linus waiting for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin... and a favorite, Snoopy as the World War I flying Ace going to battle the Red Baron.
Whether or not you are able to visit before the auction, make a point to visit the store before it closes, if you can. It's a wonderful treat that wont be around much longer.
...Be sure to tell 'em Destiny sent you.
Howard Lowery's is located at 3812 West Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, California.
Their phone number is  972 9080, their FAX is  972 3910, and you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition of the auction pieces continues daily through this Friday (8/25) from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. The deadline for bids is 6pm this Thursday (8/24), and the sale will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2000, with the gallery opening and registration at 11 am and the auction itself starting at 2 pm.
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