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    Fantasia "Night on Bald Mountain" Concept Art by Kay Nielsen (Walt Disney, 1940). This is a one-of-a-kind concept artwork by one of the film's art directors, Kay Nielsen. This is pastel and gouache on black 5-peghole 16 field paper. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" are the final two musical numbers in Fantasia, and Nielsen set the tone for this magnificent ending. In his book Walt Disney's Fantasia (1983), John Culhane writes: "The struggle between profane and the sacred, which was what Walt Disney wanted to symbolize with his juxtaposition of 'Night on Bald Mountain' and 'Ave Maria', had long been the subject of the art by Kay Nielsen." A Dutch Illustrator who flourished in the Golden Age of illustration art, Nielsen worked as an actor, director, set designer, muralist, and artist until his death in 1957. This dramatic artwork of the evil spirit army riding on skeleton horses is magnificent, measuring 14" x 7". This is one of the most dramatic pieces by Nielsen from Fantasia that we have seen, and is in Fine condition. A 14" x 11" printed model sheet is also included.

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    July, 2014
    1st-2nd Tuesday-Wednesday
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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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