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Walt Disney Autographed Sorcerer Mickey Cel-
Not a Print!


Walt Disney has personally autographed the matte of this rare and beautiful original hand-painted cel of FANTASIA's Sorcerer Mickey
Disney Studio cels of Mickey Mouse as seen in the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence of the Walt Disney classic motion picture FANTASIA are extremely rare.  And autographed by Walt Disney they are all but non-existent.   

FANTASIA was a motion picture milestone.  The day after the première the NEW YORK TIMES said "Motion history was made last night...Fantasia dumps conventional formulas overboard and reveals the scope of films for imaginative excursion...Fantasia...is simply terrific." 

This amazing piece was given by Walt Disney to writer John Parris.  You can read more about Parris further down this page.  Included is an email from the previous owner which reads (in part):

"...I have a cel from Fantasia that was sent to late family friend, John Parris, who was a reporter, editor, and writer of some regional fame in western North Carolina. John covered the filming of The Great Locomotive Chase and advised the Disney company of locations around WNC. Somewhere, the Asheville Citizen-Times has a photo of John and Disney during that time.  My father was John's executor when John died in the late 1990s, and while cleaning out John's house I discovered a gift from Disney to John:  a cel from Fantasia, ostensibly signed by Walt. Since John and I always had a kinship, my father eventually passed the cel on to me..."

The Disney Studio put a label on the cel which identifies it as "an original painting on celluloid actually used in the Walt Disney production of "Fantasia."  In fact the cel is a hand-painted Disney Studio publicity cel.  Publicity cels were created by the Disney Studio's inkers and painters when a VIP gift was needed.   

To create this cel for Walt Disney to give to John Parris, this cel was hand-painted in the Disney Studio's Ink and Paint department.  Next this cel of Mickey was painstakingly trimmed to the outline of the character by a Disney Studio artisan.  A background painting was hand-painted and then the cel was then applied to the background.  It was then matted at the Studio, and the words "Walt Disney's Fantasia" were delicately added under the matte opening by a Disney Studio calligrapher.  The word "Original WDP" (Walt Disney Productions) was then stamped on the mat to certify this piece was hand-painted at the Disney Studio.  And then the authenticity label was applied to the reverse; the techniques used to create the cel were so close to those used making the film that the Disney Studio used the same authenticity label used for the actual film cels.

Finally, it was given to Walt Disney for his personal signature.  Walt signed it in red crayon, selecting a color that matched Mickey's sorcerer robe:

TO JOHN + DOROTHY WITH BEST WISHES WALT DISNEY

The rarity of this autographed cel cannot be overstated.  This is only the second Walt Disney signed cel of Sorcerer Mickey I have been lucky enough to acquire in 28 years.  This is among the rarest autographed cels I have ever had the privilege to offer.

Some minor spotting on the matt and background (click photos above for a closer view); cracking of paint on Mickey's gloves; otherwise very fine condition
Overall size approximately 17" x 16.5".  You can read more about the original recipient, John Parris below.  Includes the Phil Sears Collectibles Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity.  A spectacular showpiece!  Item # 3815
SORRY, SOLD

 

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John Parris (shown with his wife Dorothy) is recognized most readily for his “Roaming the Mountains” newspaper columns in the Asheville Citizen-Times and for his books on his beloved mountains and their people.  He led an illustrious and adventurous earlier life as an internationally read correspondent in New York City and in wartime London.  After WWII Parris returned to North Carolina in 1947 to concentrate on creative writing.

He began writing a regular column for the Asheville Citizen-Times in 1955. Titled “Roaming the Mountains,” the popular column would become the basis for five books, including “My Mountains, My People,” winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award in 1957. Parris retired from the Asheville Citizen-Times as a senior editor in 1997, ending his column after 42 years of continuous publication.

Parris had a long affiliation with Western Carolina University, covering the university’s early athletics program as a young newspaper correspondent. He helped establish Western’s journalism studies program and assisted in developing the university’s first Board of Visitors. He championed the establishment of a center to preserve the traditions and cultures of the WNC mountains, which led to the founding of the Mountain Heritage Center at the university.

In 1975, he received the first Mountain Heritage Award, given annually by the university as part of its Mountain Heritage Day celebration. The university nominated him for the Laurel Leaf Award of the Appalachian Consortium, which he won in 1980. He received an honorary doctorate from WCU in 1998 – the first person in nearly four decades to receive a doctor of humane letters degree from Western.  Parris in passed away in 1999, at the age of 84.

 

 


Includes my Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity! 

 

Also Included is a Copy of  My 7 Page "E TICKET" Magazine
 Article About Walt Disney's Autograph!

 

 

  Phil Sears has authenticated Disney for the both of the world's largest auction galleries- Christie's London and Sotheby's in New York

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When the Disney Company needed Walt Disney autographs for its special "100 Years of Magic" auctions, they got them from Phil Sears

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When Walt Disney World wanted a Disney autograph
for a contest prize, they bought it from Phil Sears

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Even Walt Disney's Daughter, Diane Disney-Miller owned a 
piece from the Phil Sears collection

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SALE OF AUTOGRAPHED COLLECTIBLES: AS REQUIRED BY LAW, A DEALER WHO SELLS TO A CONSUMER ANY COLLECTIBLE DESCRIBED AS BEING AUTOGRAPHED MUST PROVIDE A WRITTEN EXPRESS WARRANTY AT THE TIME OF SALE AND A THREE-DAY RIGHT OF RETURN. THIS DEALER MAY BE SURETY BONDED OR OTHERWISE INSURED TO ENSURE THE AUTHENTICITY OF ANY COLLECTIBLE SOLD BY THIS DEALER.