Incredibly rare sketch of a smiling Mickey Mouse, accomplished in pencil on an off-white 4.25 x 6.75 album page by Walt Disney, who has signed and inscribed below, "To Anne, with best wishes, Walt Disney." The album page is part of a vintage leather-bound autograph album, 7 x 4.5, which also contains vintage ink signatures of Judy Garland and comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In fine condition. Consignor notes that the album originated in Ireland—the homeland of Disney's father—and was likely signed by Disney during his 1946 trip there. The Laurel and Hardy signatures were likely obtained during their farewell show in 1952 in Dublin.
Contrary to popular perception, Disney never completely animated a single Mickey Mouse cartoon, nor did he draw a single Mickey comic. He would on rare occasions offer a quickly constructed version of his iconic figure. As such, sketches of Mickey by Disney remain highly coveted and seldom encountered.
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