Disney Original Art Cells



2015-06-26 10:54:33

Disney Original Art Cells are original animation cells from cartoon features produced by Disney.


Brief history and description

Walt Disney founded The Walt Disney Company in 1923, and since then the company has created some of the most memorable and famous animated movies in the film industry. Some of the many popular early Disney films include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinnochio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) and many, many more.

After Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released, Walt Disney was convinced to save all the animation cells for the film. The Whitney Museum ended up showing many of these cells in an exhibition in 1981, and since then Disney art cells have become highly sought after for not only film memorabilia collectors, but art collectors as well.

Guide for collectors

Original animation cells for Disney films, or more specifically Disney films that were released during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, sell for very high prices at auctions.

Original Disney art cells that were once signed by Walt Disney are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors. Original Disney art cells from Pinocchio fetch for much higher prices at auctions as well.

Restoration of an original Disney art cell is not recommended.

For more information regarding original Disney art cells, visit Cartoon Factory or Animation Art Gallery.


Lang's Specialty Auctions in Waterville, New York sold an original Disney art cell of the Seven Dwarfs (titled "The Seven Dwarfs") which was also signed by Walt Disney for $4,200 in September of 2009.

Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania sold the original Disney art cell of Jiminy Cricket riding a seahorse underwater (titled "Woah There Nellie;" circa 1939) for $1,300 in February of 2012.

Dirk Soulis Auctions in Lone Jack, Missouri sold:

  • The original Disney art cell of Pinnochio underwater (titled "Gee-What a Big Place!") for $2,400 in December of 2009.
  • The original Disney art cell depicting a scene from Pinocchio (titled "We'll Be On Easy Street;" circa 1939) for $1,000 in December of 2009.

Wittlin & Serfer Auctioneers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida sold the original art cell of Lady and the Tramp for $825 in December of 2004.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold the original Disney art cell for Ferdinand the Bull (circa 1938) for $1,400 in November of 2008.

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