A Charlie Brown Christmas leads Heritage animation sale
A hand-painted animation cel from the classic holiday cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas will lead a Heritage Auctions sale later this month.
The cel features entire Peanuts cast in one of the cartoon's most famous moments, as Linus' reading of Luke 2:8-14 reminds them of the true meaning of Christmas and Charlie picks up his small tree, saying "It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love."
The setup, featuring a master background and cels of all the characters, is expected to sell for $35,000+.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas is, quite simply, one of, if not the most influential TV cartoon special in all of history," said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage Auctions. "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the special, which has shown every year since it first debuted on Dec. 9, 1965. On top of that, Vince Guaraldi's jazz soundtrack for the show has become an integral part of Christmas music."
Also up for grabs are original cels from the equally iconic Dr. Seuss tale How The Grinch Stole Christmas. These include a production cel setup of all the Whos in Whoville celebrating despite the loss of their presents, estimated at $5,000+, and another depicting the Grinch in his full Santa outfit, priced at $1,500+.
In addition, the sale features several lots from Mickey's Christmas Carol, Disney's feature-length retelling of the Charles Dickens novel. These include a cel and master background featuring Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge, valued at $5,000+; and another featuring Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the Cratchit family enjoying a meagre Christmas dinner, estimated at $5,000+.
Further notable highlights will include cels from the 1962 animation Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, and a unique, hand-painted, oversized promotional cel featuring more than 40 Hanna-Barbera animated characters.
Heritage Auctions' Animation Art Signature Auction takes place in Dallas on December 13-14.
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