Lot #534
Walt Disney signed production cel from Saludos Amigos

Disney signs a 'Saludos Amigos' cel for the original 'Baby Weems' model

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Estimate: $2000+

Description

Disney signs a 'Saludos Amigos' cel for the original 'Baby Weems' model

(Walt Disney Studios, 1942) Original production cel featuring Pedro the airplane from Saludos Amigos, showing the small aircraft flying through the air with a cap and scarf. The cel has been trimmed to image and placed on a hand-painted custom background, presented in an original mat signed and inscribed in black ink by Walt Disney, "To Jimmy Luske, from, Walt Disney." The character image measures 5 x 2.75 with a mat opening of 5.5 x 5.5. Double-matted to an overall size of 11 x 11, with the mat bearing an "Original WDP" stamp and annotated in pencil, “‘Pedro—‘Saludos.’” In very good condition, with light foxing and some staining to the visible areas of the mount; some adhesive remnants near cel and irregular paint adhesion in no way affecting the overall bright appearance.

Accompanied by a copy of a publication sheet regarding the recipient Jimmy Luske, a one-year-old infant who served as the model for the character Baby Weems in the 1941 Disney film The Reluctant Dragon, which reads, in part: “Disney artists, who create their famous pen-and-ink characters by studying subjects in real life, observed every wiggle of the toe, every frown and every laugh of Jimmy Luske’s for days. Then they brought him to life on the screen, as Baby Weems.” Also accompanied by a period 5 x 4 photo of Disney showing an illustration of Baby Weems to Luske and the baby’s father.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #539 - Ended November 07, 2018





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