Disney’s Snow White cels auctioned at Hanson’s

Hanson’s Auctioneers sold a pair of hand-painted animation cels from Disney’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) on July 1.

Each is painted on two layers of celluloid, which are attached to a painted background.

Snow White Hansons

This animation cel was used in the movie

Well over one million cels were drawn to create the movie, most of which were (unbelievably) thrown out when the studio was finished with them.  

Only a few have survived. Fewer still remain in circulation.

The lead lot was the cel from the scene where the witch hands Snow White the poisoned apple.

It realised £10,500 ($13,602).

By contrast the second cel, showing Snow White together with some woodland creatures, made £5,600 ($7,254). The differing prices reflect the premium collectors place on the most iconic pieces of movie memorabilia.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Walt Disney is a film that has provided so much joy to so many people over the generations.

"Such familiar and famous characters are right here at the very beginning of this success.

"Of all the scenes that could be captured on a cel the famous poisoned apple takes some beating - it's the very heartbeat of the film."

We have a spectacular Walt Disney signature for sale.

The eclectic auction also featured one of George Formby’s ukuleles, which realised an impressive £28,750 ($37,278).

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