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    Mary Blair It's a Small World Concept Painting (Walt Disney, 1964). In John Canemaker's book The Art and Flair of Mary Blair, chapter six opens with Marty Skylar saying, "Walt remembered artwork of children made for Saludos Amigos. He said, 'We have to get Mary to do it!'" Mary Blair had left the studio by this time and was working on children's books, greeting cards, and other illustration art jobs. This project, originally for the 1964/65 New York World's Fair (and eventually for all Disney Theme parks) inspired Mary to new heights. This may have been her greatest achievement in art. Here is a very rare concept painting of one of the "Children of the Small World." Volcanoes, sun shining, and a tropical beach setting -- Hawaii, Tahiti? Gouache on board measuring 9" x 8", with great combinations of color. Pinholes in corners, with minor handling wear; otherwise, in Very Good condition.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2017
    1st-2nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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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.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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