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    Sale 5238

    Film & Entertainment Memorabilia

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 1

    Walt Disney Studios

    Price Realised  


    Walt Disney Studios
    Steamboat Willie, 1928
    Mickey Mouse plays the drums, an animation drawing by Ub Iwerks, graphite on paper
    Image -- 5x3in. (14x8.3cm.)
    Sight -- 9½x12in. (24x30.5cm.)

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    Steamboat Willie is a remarkable film for a number of reasons, not only was it the film in which Mickey Mouse made his debut, it was also the first synchronized sound cartoon. Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney's earliest collaborator, brought Disney's concept for Mickey to life. It was this film, with Mickey playing a mischievous deckhand, which was responsible for catapulting both Disney and Mickey to international stardom.

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