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    Home Defense Donald Duck Production Cel from the Basmajian Collection (Walt Disney, 1943). During World War II, John Basmajian, along with other employees of Walt Disney Productions, were given permission to salvage some of the studio's animation artwork. Included were character sketches, background paintings, storyboards, and production cels which would normally be discarded. Realizing the value of animation art as a new form of American Fine Art, Mr. Basmajian saved as much of it as he could in order to preserve it for future generations. In 1984 a number of pieces from the Basmajian Collection were auctioned, and this is one of those pieces. In this lot is an original hand-inked hand-painted production cel of Donald Duck from the 1943 wartime theatrical short Home Defense directed by Jack King. In this scene at the 04:05 mark, aircraft spotter Donald has just stripped his three nephews of their wooden swords. It's a spectacular full-figure pose of Donald in uniform that has been trimmed to the image and mounted to a hand-painted green and yellow background, typical of items from the Basmajian Collection. The setup is in a 13" x 10" frame under glass with a mat window of 8" x 5.5". Minor paint separation in the blue in Donald's shirt; otherwise condition for this nearly 80-year-old cel is Very Good. Frame is sold as-is.

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