DALLAS – Upcoming sales at Heritage Auction Galleries feature rare movie posters, original art by a Disney legend, and Golden Age comic books.
The Nov. 13-14 offers a Style-D Bride of Frankenstein poster. Known only through images in press books, all original copies were believed lost until one was discovered in a long-held private collection. Also up for bid is a rare title card for Dracula.
The auction includes a three-sheet poster for The Pride of the Clan, starring Mary Pickford, also the only copy known to exist. Other rarities include the only known one-sheet for the Paul Muni crime drama, Scarface, and the 40-inch by 60-inch display poster from the original release of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, featuring artwork by Grim Natwick and Gustav Tenggren, one of only two copies known.
A collection of midget window cards will cross the block. These limited-distribution pieces are seldom seen today. They often feature artwork similar to the traditional one-sheet.
One-sheets up for bid are led by Gold Diggers of 1933 and Baby Face. A Style-C poster for Dinner at Eight, an early Mickey Mouse poster for The Mad Dog, and one-sheets for Things to Come and The Adventures of Robin Hood are also offered.
Three original oil paintings by one of Walt Disney’s most famous artists, Carl Barks, will be offered in a sale set for Nov. 15-16. The Barks paintings depict Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and his three nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Along with his creative partner, Jack Hannah, Barks came up with story ideas for Donald Duck, once that character proved popular enough to support his own series of cartoons. Working together, Barks and Hannah contributed to Donald’s Nephews (1938), Donald’s Cousin Gus (1939), and The Vanishing Private (1942), among others.
Before leaving Disney in 1942, Barks did half the art for a Donald Duck comic book (Hannah did the other half), which would be released by Western Publishing. The story was titled “Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold.”
Barks officially retired in 1966, but obtained permission from Disney to create paintings of the Duck characters beginning in the 1970s. He continued to paint almost up to his death in 2000 at the age of 99.
Original artwork from the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide will also be offered Nov. 15-16, including Bill Ward’s “Torchy” and “Women in Comics” cover, L.B. Cole’s “Demon and Damsel” cover, Alex Ross’s recreation of the cover to Adventure Comics #247 – the issue that introduced the Legion of Superheroes – and Golden Age artist Alex Schomburg’s World War II-themed cover, featuring Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner.
An early Peanuts Sunday page, dated 4-10-55, features Charlie Brown and the boys on the baseball diamond is up for bid, along with Robert Crumb’s original cover for the Mr. Natural #1, and Bobby London’s cover for the Air Pirates Funnies #1.
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