Lady and the Tramp animation cel leads Disney memorabilia at Heritage
An original animation cel from Disney's Lady and the Tramp will star in a Heritage animation auction later this month.
The hand-painted cel and master background features the 'spaghetti kiss', one of the most famous moments in Disney animation history, and is expected to sell for $35,000+ when it hits the block in Dallas.
"It's simply the most iconic image from the entire movie and one of the most beloved of all Disney images," said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage Auctions, "in the scene where Tramp takes Lady on a romantic date in the alley behind Tony's Ristorante for dinner. The spaghetti kiss is one of the sweetest scenes ever filmed in a cartoon."
The cel is just one of many lots tracing the history of Disney animation, from the earliest shorts to their award-winning full-length features.
Another standout lot is the highly rare Mickey Mouse animation cel and background setup from the 1935 theatrical short 'Mickey's Man Friday', one of the last B&W Mickey Mouse cartoons, also valued at $35,000+.
Fans of the iconic mouse can also bid on a cel from his most famous role as The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Dating from 1940, the cel also comes with an authentic Walt Disney signature and is expected to sell for $25,000+.
Further notable Disney memorabilia includes an Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty concept painting of Maleficent as a dragon, estimated at $11,000+; a Peter Pan and Tinker Bell concept painting by one of Disney's most celebrated artists Mary Blair, valued at $15,000+; and an original 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs publicity drawing by Fred Moore, estimated at $10,000+.
The Heritage Auctions Animation Art Signature Auction takes place in Dallas on December 13-14.
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