Unique artifacts from Ruth Disney, Walt Disney's sister, will be featured at the Holabird-Kagin Americana auction November 29 and 30 at the Atlantis Casino Resort. The auctions will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific both days. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
This unique collection, which was purchased by the consignor in 1971, is new to the market and shows the genesis of a career and man that has become a worldwide icon in the entertainment industry.
Hitting the auction block is an original, autographed, early illustration by Walt Disney, entitled Fill Up My Can. The pen and ink work was done in the early 1920s, most likely prior to Mickey Mouse, who didn't make his screen debut until 1928.
The collection also includes several stock certificates issued by the O-Zell Co. of Chicago, including what may be the very first stock ever issued to Walt Disney. These items were formerly owned by Walt Disney, his parents Flora and Elias, and his sister Ruth. They may be the only surviving O-Zell items known to exist.
In the spring of 1917 Elias Disney, had tired of the newspaper delivery business and decided to make a career change, which also included bringing his youngest son, Walter into the venture. There is a distinct possibility that family revenue gained from work at the O-Zell Co. gave Walt his first needed grubstake that allowed him to venture into the world of animation.
While it's unknown what happened to the O-Zell Co. in later years, that 16-year-old from Kansas went on to make quite a name for himself in Hollywood.
This once-in-a-lifetime offering of incredible collectibles from America's rich animation history, and the man who built it, is estimated to bring $70,000-$100,000.
The Ruth Disney archive is part of the "2011 Grand Finale Auction" of Holabird-Kagin Americana and is also available for viewing and bidding on the Internet through the company's website.
The Holabird-Kagin Americana auction will also include two photos taken by Mathew Brady, an archive from Comstock silver king William Sharon, a photo collection by early 20th-century photographer N.E. Johnson, trade tokens from a myriad of trades, businesses and locales, and gold and mineral specimens.
The popularity of Walt Disney drawings, autographs and memorabilia is well documented - and collectors searching for them are in luck as we've just got some in new this month!
These include: a Walt Disney autograph and sketch of Mickey Mouse on a copy of Ivanhoe, a set of Disney Animators and Voice Actors' autographs and sketches on a first edition copy of Walt Disney's America and another set on a copy of Walt Disney's World of Fantasy - also a first edition.
Anyone wanting these shouldn't delay however, as we didn't hold onto our last lot of Disney memorabilia for long...
Perhaps the potential value of the stock certificate is more surprising to some. In fact, scrip is very much a growing area in collectibles and collectors will want to look out our original Standard Oil Trust share certificate signed by JD Rockefeller, which qualifies for our unique 120% guarantee.