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Concepts, Production Cels and Drawings


Wonderful World of Animation is honored that the Basmajian family has selected us as the exclusive gallery to represent their collection.

In 1984, Disney animator John Basmajian teamed up with Christieís to launch the first ever animation art auction, which 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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Mickey Mouse animation Comic Strip
  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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.

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.
 (framed).

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Donald Duck animation Book Art
  Disney
Book art of Donald Duck
An illustration from the making of the book "Don Donald".
The frame measures 21.5" x 17.5" while the aperture measures 13" x 10.5".
The lines on the matte were hand drawn by John Basmajian.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


 (framed).

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1940
a centaurette animation Concept Piece
  Fantasia (1940)
Concept piece of a centaurette
Even though these creatures are half human half mare, they have a lithe beauty that allows the viewer to connect with the character and become invested in their quest for love. Attributed to B. Nerborig.
The frame measures 9.75" x 12.75" while the aperture measures 5" x 7".
The lines on the matte were hand drawn by John Basmajian.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


 (framed).

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Goofy animation Production Cel
  The Bill Posters (1940)
Production cel of Goofy
Poor Goofy canít seem to catch a break. Here we see him thrown to the ground and about to be headbutted by an angry, hungry goat. Bill Posters is a wonderful short where Donald plays the slightly bothered straight man, while Goofy constantly is being caught unaware by the sight gags.
The frame measures 12.75" x 16.75" while the aperture measures 9" x 11.5".

The background was hand painted by John Basmajian to enhance the cel.

The lines on the matte were hand drawn by John Basmajian.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


There is some glue residue from the cel which can be seen as the cel has separated slightly from the background. Still in great condition for a vintage cel and we do not recommend restoration unless to move the cel back into position. The paint appears to have separated in Goofy's pants as well as in parts of the goat. There appears to be slight paint mottling and cracking in the characters. The light reflection is only visible in the web image only and is not on the actual piece.
 (framed).

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1943
Donald Duck animation Production Drawing
  Donald's Tire Trouble (1943)
Production drawing of Donald Duck
Attributed to Bruce McIntyre.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.
Piece exhibits slightly more than normal handling. The peg holes along the upper edge show wear and slight paper loss.
The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13")
 (unframed).

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Pete animation Production Drawing
  The Old Army Game (1943)
Production drawing of Pete
This set of two drawings includes the rough and the clean up version of the same frame.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


Piece exhibits slightly more than normal handling. In the rough, there is wear and slight paper loss along the left hand corners. There is a small ink stain on both drawings in the lower right corner as well as a fold down the center of both drawings.
The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13")
 (unframed).

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Donald Duck animation Production Drawing
  Donald's Tire Trouble (1943)
Production drawing of Donald Duck
There is a 'BM' signature on the lower right-hand corner of the drawing likely attributed to Bruce McIntyre.

Production notes along the bottom.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


There is evidence of handling and ageing. The paper has color change around the outer edges which can be easily matted out. There is evidence of slight smudging throughout the drawing which is common for this type of artwork.
The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13") and the character size is 6.5" h x 4.25" w.
 (unframed).

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Jose Carioca animation Production Drawing
  Saludos Amigos (1943)
Production drawing of Jose Carioca


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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


Piece exhibits slightly more than normal handling.
The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13") and the character size is 5.25" h x 3.5" w.
 (unframed).

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1944
Figaro animation Production Drawing
  First Aiders (1944)
Production drawing of Figaro
Attributed to John Basmajian.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


Piece exhibits slightly more than normal handling.
The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13")
 (unframed).

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Goofy animation Production Drawing
  How To Be A Sailor (1944)
Production drawing of Goofy


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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.

Piece exhibits slightly more than normal handling as well as slight paper loss in the extreme lower left corner.
The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13")
 (unframed).

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Pluto animation Production Cel
  First Aiders (1944)
Production cel of Pluto and Figaro
Plotting Pluto raises his leg to scoot little Figaro out of the way. Throughout the Disney shorts, Pluto has many masters. In this fun production cel, he rushes to help Minnie practice her first aid skills.
The frame measures 19.5" x 25.5" while the apertures measure 8" x 9" and 8" x 7.5".

The backgrounds were hand painted by John Basmajian to enhance the cel.

The lines on the matte were hand drawn by John Basmajian.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


Cel has become slightly wavy which is fairly common for vintage animation cels. The light reflection is only visible in the web image only and is not on the actual piece. There is a slight paint crack in Pluto's front foot, but there is no paint loss.
 (framed).

WDCCS248



1945
Panchito animation Production Drawing
  The Three Caballeros (1945)
Production drawing of Panchito
Attributed to Ward Kimball. The frame measures 12.75" x 16.75" while the aperture measures 7.5" x 11".
The lines on the matte were hand drawn by John Basmajian.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


There is evidence of slight handling.
 (framed).

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Panchito animation Production Drawing
  The Three Caballeros (1945)
Production drawing of Panchito
Attributed to Ward Kimball.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13")
 (unframed).

WDDCS252
Jose Carioca animation Production Drawing
  The Three Caballeros (1945)
Production drawing of Jose Carioca
Attributed to Freddy Moore.

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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13")
 (unframed).

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Goofy animation Production Drawing
  Californy er Bust (1945)
Production drawing of Goofy


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.

If you would like to read more about the court case, please click here.


Piece exhibits slightly more than normal handling. There are marks of paper clips slightly visible along the upper center edge.
The size of this piece is 12 Field (11"x13")
 (unframed).

WDDCS260

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