Hake’s Americana offers Disney items in January sale

YORK, Pa. – Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Auction, set for Jan. 29-31, 2008, will feature an array of pop-culture items, including a large collection of Disneyana.

A Felix the Cat theatrical poster for Felix Calms His Conscience (1923) – the earliest known Felix one-sheet to survive – leads off the sale. Birthday (1922), a Koko the Clown theatrical one-sheet that is being offered, is thought to be a one-of-a-kind item. Original Koko production artwork is also offered, along with a six-sheet poster from Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels (1939).

Grasshopper.jpgUp for bid will be the original painted art for “The Grasshopper and the Ants.” Illustrated by artist Tom Wood, it is the first of the Disney pages produced for Good Housekeeping magazine from 1934-1944. “Mickey’s Magic Hat,” another Wood painting for Good Housekeeping, is also featured.

Original painted illustrations from The Grasshopper and the Ants, which appeared in Good Housekeeping magazine from 1934-1944.

The original art for the March 7, 1937, Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony Sunday strips will also be offered. Drawn by artists Floyd Gottfredson (the Mickey half-page) and Al Taliaferro (Silly Symphony), this is one of only three 1930s matched sets known to exist.

The auction will offer the original Donald model sheet art for The Wise Little Hen (1934), Donald’s first appearance. This piece includes seven Donald headshots and eight full-body shots, comprising the first-ever finished drawings of Donald Duck.

The auction may be previewed online in early January at www.Hakes.com.