Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) was a celebrated voice actor, animator, film producer and entrepreneur who became an American cultural icon. Having founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923, Disney rose to fame with the creation of Mickey Mouse and became a household name across the world.
As a producer he pushed the boundaries of animation, releasing classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo and Fantasia, along with the Oscar-winning Mary Poppins. Disney holds the record for the number of Academy Awards won by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. In 1955 Disney also established Disneyland, the most successful theme park ever built, which to date has attracted more than 650 million visitors.
Walt Disney's films have entertained millions of viewers, influenced generations of film-makers, and Walt Disney Studios remains the most famous and successful entertainment company in the world.
This is a rare example of Walt Disney’s autograph from the early 1930s. His signature evolved over the years. By the end of the 1930s, he’d jettisoned the flourish you can see under this example.
Disney's autograph has been synonymous with the company he founded since 1985, when a stylised version was incorporated into the logo.
Renowned Disney expert Phil Sears has authenticated this signature. His certificate accompanies the piece.
The original 8 x 10 inch portrait at the top was taken during a photo shoot for a new line of Mickey Mouse toys in 1930. Seamstress Charlotte Clark produced these dolls in a small rented house close to Disney’s studios in Los Angeles, California. They were handed out as gifts to studio visitors. By 1932, the design had moved into mass production.
The cartoon at the bottom is a good reproduction of an illustration from a pamphlet (titled Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and all their Pals). The original pamphlet accompanies the piece. Presented in a beautiful 26.5 x 18.5 inch wooden frame with attractive bordering.
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