Classic Disney animation art featuring Snow White, Pinocchio headed to auction

NICOLE PELLETIERE

A collection of original art from Walt Disney Studios will soon be open for public auction.

Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the movie memorabilia auction, "An Important Animation Art Collection, The Property of a Gentleman" in New York City on June 5.

The sale will feature more than 290 original Disney animation drawings, storyboards, posters, concept art and celluloids, according to Bonhams' press release.

PHOTO: An animation drawing from 'The Mail Pilot' from Walt Disney Studios, 1933 created with graphite and colored pencil on paper, matted and framed. Estimate: $1,000-1,500. (Walt Disney Studios )
PHOTO: An animation drawing from 'The Mail Pilot' from Walt Disney Studios, 1933 created with graphite and colored pencil on paper, matted and framed. Estimate: $1,000-1,500. (Walt Disney Studios )

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A celluloid of Geppetto, Figaro and Pinocchio from 'Pinocchio,' 1940. Made with gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to its matching watercolor background and annotated, along with someone's initials, matted and framed. Estimate: $20,000-25,000. (Walt Disney Studios )
A celluloid of Geppetto, Figaro and Pinocchio from 'Pinocchio,' 1940. Made with gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to its matching watercolor background and annotated, along with someone's initials, matted and framed. Estimate: $20,000-25,000. (Walt Disney Studios )

The collection was amassed over 25 years by a private collector who acquired the art through auctions and dealers. It is comprised of multiple titles and items from more than 60 years of Disney animation, Bonhams said.

The collector released his collection to Bonhams for sale in order to share the work with the next generation, Bonhams told ABC News.

PHOTO: A celluloid of the Queen from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' Walt Disney Studios, 1937. Made with gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to a Courvoisier watercolor paper background, matted and framed. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. (Walt Disney Studios )
PHOTO: A celluloid of the Queen from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' Walt Disney Studios, 1937. Made with gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to a Courvoisier watercolor paper background, matted and framed. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. (Walt Disney Studios )

The artwork includes images of character favorites like Cinderella, Pinocchio, Bambi and Mickey Mouse.

Villians like Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" in 1959 and the Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937 are also available for purchase.

PHOTO: An animation drawing of Maleficent from 'Sleeping Beauty,' Walt Disney Studios, 1959. Made with graphite on paper, matted and framed. Estimate: $500-700. (Walt Disney Studios )
PHOTO: An animation drawing of Maleficent from 'Sleeping Beauty,' Walt Disney Studios, 1959. Made with graphite on paper, matted and framed. Estimate: $500-700. (Walt Disney Studios )

Some of the items, such as a celluloid of Snow White, are estimated to be worth between $25,000 an $30,000.

The collection will be on preview at Bonhams Los Angeles from May 19-21 and then will be on display at Bonhams New York from June 2-5.

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