A large estate lot of original animation and comic art, from the collection (and hand) of animation artist, William Weaver recently sold in an online auction for $8,150.
Between the 1940’s to 1960’s Bill Weaver worked for several production companies producing animated cartoons and comic strips. His career concluded at Walt Disney Productions.
The auction included a copy of a letter of condolences from Frank Reilly at Disney Productions to Weavers’ widow. It was dated May 17, 1967 and references his work with the studio. The letter concludes: “Several times I’ve thought of the interesting coincidence of Bill passing away so soon after Walt himself. It is very possible that Walt was assigned a special project Up There, and needed a special helper, someone like Bill.”
The drawings were acquired from Mr. Weaver’s widow in the 1970’s and stored away for posterity. Some of the art work includes studio notations and corrections sent to Weaver and a few are signed by him. Other pieces were traded from artists at the studio, which was common for many animators at the time.
The collection consists of a variety of subjects, including some superb, large pre-production layouts, artwork, model sheets (from the late 1930‘s and onward), animation sequence drawings, including a series of 37 of Jiminy Cricket numbered 201-237 and work on Walt Disney’s Merry Menagerie. Other characters include Snow White, Minnie Mouse, Geppetto, Donald Duck, Scamp, rabbits, water nymphs, and fairies dating mostly from the 1940’s-1960’s.
Do you miss this hand drawn artwork or do you appreciate the new digital animation?
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