Disney Studios (c. 1940s)|
Comic strip of Mickey Mouse.
Framed 25.5" x 19.5."
Original artwork for Walt Disney Comics. 1943. Mickey Mouse featured as Billy the Mouse. Attributed to artist Floyd Gottfredson.
Wonderful World of Animation is honored that the Basmajian family has selected us as the exclusive gallery to represent their collection.
We all have the Basmajian family to thank for introducing the world to the joy of collecting animation art. In 1984, Disney animator John Basmajian teamed up with Christieís to launch the first ever animation art auction. Despite a court case brought by Disney days before the auction, the judge ruled that the art was rightfully Johnís and that he was allowed to sell it.
Thanks to Johnís vision to rescue these treasures and the courage to stand up for what he believed in, a new collectable was born. The auction was a huge success and made national news.
If you would like to watch videos about the news reports on the auction or see John assembling the mats used for the framed pieces available, click here.
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It appears that each frame has been cut, applied, and finished on an illustration board as part of the creative process. There is evidence of discoloration and white-out which is typical of this type and age of artwork.
Framing was done prior to its arrival at WWA thus the list price is reflective of the art only--the piece comes with the frame pictured. There is no change in price due to the frame--it can be de-framed upon request at purchase but will not change the price of the piece.