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Lot #6081
Lady and Tramp production cels from Lady and the Tramp

Gorgeous custom set-up from Lady and the Tramp's romantic 'Bella Notte' sequence

Estimate: $8000+
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Gorgeous custom set-up from Lady and the Tramp's romantic 'Bella Notte' sequence

(Walt Disney Studios, 1955) Original production cel set-up of the two title characters from Lady and Tramp, showing the canine couple eating spaghetti in an alleyway behind Tony's Restaurant during the film’s memorable 'Bella Notte' sequence. Deriving from the personal collection of a Disney animator who had the character cels trimmed to image and then applied to a custom-prepared background that he hand-painted himself. Completing the marvelous display setup is a hand-painted foreground cel that is remarkably similar to the original, featuring a linen-draped table, a lit candle, breadsticks, and a plate of spaghetti, strands of which were also painted hanging from the mouths of the two dogs. Character images measure 3.5 x 5.5 (Tramp), 3.25 x 4.25 (Lady), and 11 x 7.75 (table with candle), with overall dimensions of 16.5 x 13.5. The animator created this set-up circa 2000-2003 in the same manner as the classic ‘Art Props’ set-ups matted and signed by Walt Disney for studio VIPs. In fine condition. Though the background is custom-prepared and not a production-used example, the result is extremely vibrant and professionally accomplished — this rare and beautiful setup brings to life the memorable ‘Bella Notte’ scene that climaxes in the 'spaghetti kiss,' an iconic moment in American cinema.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: #669 - Ended September 23, 2023