Lot #478
Ludwig Bemelmans Original Painting

Oversized original artwork by Bemelmans for Yolanda and the Thief
This lot has closed

Estimate: $4000+


Oversized original artwork by Bemelmans for Yolanda and the Thief

Belgian-born American author and illustrator (1898-1962) best known for his now-classic series of Madeleine children's books. Fabulous original painting by Ludwig Bemelmans for "Yolanda and the Thief," accomplished in gouache on paper in a 24 x 28 wooden inset frame, signed and dated on the frame in paint, "'45, Bemelmans." Subsequently ornately framed to an overall size of 29 x 33.5. In very good to fine condition, with some scuffing to the signature, and some damage to the outer frame.

Bemelmans sold MGM the screen rights to his 1943 short story 'Yolanda and the Thief,' and the Technicolor musical film, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Fred Astaire, debuted in 1945. This enchanting original artwork by Bemelmans may have been a preliminary concept for a poster or advertising design. Although the film was received poorly at the box office, it has earned cult-classic status for its fantastic visuals and whimsical, dreamlike quality.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021

This item is Pre-Certified by PSA/DNA
Buy a third-party letter of authenticity for $50.00

*This item has been pre-certified by a trusted third-party authentication service, and by placing a bid on this item, you agree to accept the opinion of this authentication service. If you wish to have an opinion rendered by a different authenticator of your choosing, you must do so prior to your placing of any bid. RR Auction is not responsible for differing opinions submitted 30 days after the date of the sale.