Rare Walt Disney Studios concept art featured in Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction

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Have you ever wanted to own some extremely rare original Walt Disney Studios concept art? Well, thanks to the Boston-based RR Auction’s Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction, now you can.

The auction, which began on July 20 and will run through August 8, includes a wide array of concept paintings, sketches and more for classic Disney movies and attractions that would make the perfect addition to anyone’s collection. Some of the highlights of the auction include:

Eyvind Earle concept painting from Lady and the Tramp

This original panoramic concept painting by Eyvind Earle for “Lady and the Tramp” depicts the two dogs seated and overlooking a gorgeous waterfront with a steepled backdrop and starry sky, a scene which would inspire the film’s romantic ‘Bella Notte’ sequence. Accomplished in tempera on artist’s board, signed in the lower right corner in paint, “Eyvind Earle.”

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Eyvind Earle concept painting from Sleeping Beauty

This painting by Earle is an original panoramic concept painting featuring Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty,” showing the evil sorceress on top of her immense castle tower, getting ready to turn into the dragon. Accomplished in tempera on artist’s board, signed in the lower right corner in paint, “Eyvind Earle.”  Disney artist Eyvind Earle was Sleeping Beauty’s production designer, and Disney gave him a significant amount of freedom in designing the settings and selecting colors for the film. Earle also painted the majority of the backgrounds himself, and his stylistic influence is readily apparent in the final product. A large, superior piece of original artwork by a Disney legend.

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Mary Blair concept painting from Cinderella

This original concept painting by Mary Blair for “Cinderella” shows the title character fleeing from the castle in her white ball gown, with her lead foot bare and a single glass slipper left glowing on the winding staircase. An impressive rendering of the interior castle just moments before midnight, Blair highlights the room in gorgeous purple detail, adding chandelier, balustrades, floor pattern, and even quizzical looks from the row of castle guards. Accomplished in tempera on artist’s board. Blair was a concept artist for Disney during the 1940s and early 1950s, working on designs for such films as Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland. She also created designs for several Disney attractions (including It’s a Small World), and her largest work ever, the multi-story mosaic in Disney World’s Contemporary Hotel concourse. A striking work of art for one of Disney’s most enchanting fairytales.

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Pirates of the Caribbean ride concept painting by Marc Davis

This painting by Marc Davis depicts a pair of pirates aboard a sinking jolly boat, one man still rowing and the other perched atop the bow, with their loot, several jugs of rum, floating away. Davis captures the otherwise desperate scene with great humor and detail, as neither pirate appears overly concerned with their gloomy predicament or the loss of their alcoholic bounty, and the artwork’s bold style and carefree temperament is in keeping with that of the long-running attraction and Disney’s blockbuster film series. Accomplished in ink and watercolor on untrimmed heavyweight art paper, with Davis signing in pencil in the lower right.

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Pirates of the Caribbean ride concept painting by Marc Davis

The second painting by Davis depicts a pair of startled crewmen as they discover a menacing pirate hunkered below a large waving ‘Jolly Roger’ flag. Davis captures the scene brilliantly, with the pirate’s bright outfit dominating the ship’s otherwise gloomy deck, a blast of color sure to surprise even the most fearless of sailors. Accomplished in watercolor on untrimmed heavyweight art paper.

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The Animation section of the auction contains 194 animation lots, among them 140 Walt Disney related items. The Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction from RR Auction began July 20 and will conclude August 8. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

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