McCartney and the lost family of mice... Beatle's animations go up for sale

Dominic Winter have sold an extremely wide variety of books and manuscripts over the past couple of years, from James Bond first editions through aviation archives to an example of Batman's first appearance in a comic.

So perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise to find that they've branched out into Beatles memorabilia of a very unusual kind.

McCartney talks in 2004 about his connection with a DVD release of cartoons

The selection in question is a set of original drawings by Sir Paul McCartney intended for a children's cartoon.

The Bruce McMouse Show is a topic of much mythmaking and hearsay among Paul McCartney fans. Intended as a one-hour part-animated film for ITV, the film was made but never shown, and McCartney owns the master copy of the film.

Bruce McMouse drawings by Paul McCartney
Bruce McMouse drawings by Paul McCartney

The first fifteen lots here are drawings and sketches (some on 'Wings' notepaper) which are largely attributable to Paul. It is possible to trace the development of the characters as Paul finds ways of expressing his ideas for a family of cartoon mice with individual characters.

The drawings are all undated but would seem to date from an intense short period in early 1973.

Paul with his wife Linda and her daughter Heather, then aged ten, went to Antigua for a few days in April that year and it is here that Paul, with some family help it would seem, worked hard on developing the characters to take the project forward.

Linda was not as artistic as Paul and there are some drawings that appear to be in Linda's or Heather's hand.

The five characters are not named in the film, but were voiced by Deryck Guyler (Bruce McMouse), Pat Coombes (his wife Yvonne), plus Derek Nimmo, Paul and Linda voicing the children. The auction takes place on June 16 in Gloucester, UK.

Fans of McCartney will also be looking out of the sale of his Lamborghini in July. Given the longevity of interest in the Beatles, his memorabilia can make excellent alternative investments.



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