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    Mary Blair Lady and the Tramp Early Concept Painting (Walt Disney, 1940s/1955). Lady and the Tramp was originally inspired by Joe Grant's English Springer dog called Lady. He did story sketches for this proposed film, called "Lady," in the late 1930s and '40s. Walt Disney was inspired to give the movie more of a love story when he read Happy Dan, the Cynical Dog in Cosmopolitan Magazine, in 1945. Mary Blair did early concept for this film, as "Lady" in the 1940s. It was some of her first work at the studio. She was scheduled to do Color Key/Art Direction for the 1955 film before she left in 1953. When she left, Claude Coats took over her proposed role. This is an extremely rare Mary Blair concept painting from the 1940s first attempt, showing a group of dogs singing "Silent Night" in what we believe was Lady's home. In the film, the story opened on Christmas Eve in 1909 when Jim Dear give his wife Darling, a Cocker Spaniel they called Lady, and ends on the following Christmas. Art is in gouache on 12 field 5-peghole background board. The painted area takes up 10" x 7". This piece comes directly from the Joe Rinaldi Archives. Joe's storyboards for Lady and the Tramp are thought to be among his best work. Minor handling and edge wear. Small white border stain in bottom right corner, well away from artwork. Very Good condition.
    From the Joe Rinaldi Disney Archives.

    More Information: EDIT: Added provenance/pedigree information.

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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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