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    Pete's Dragon Theatrical Poster Illustration Art by Paul Wenzel (Walt Disney, 1977). "Brazzle Dazzle Brilliance!" reads the top of the 1977 advance poster (noted at the top as "Coming at Christmas!") and the one sheet theatrical poster for Pete's Dragon. The man behind the cast of characters artwork on this poster is legendary Disney artist Mr. Paul Wenzel. Paul Wenzel began with Disney in 1958 and worked there for 42 years. He was a Chief Designer and Illustrator for the Disney Advertising Department. In 1968, he was hand-selected to paint the portrait of Walt Disney for the USA six cent stamp; this was two years after Walt's passing. He was the man behind many theatrical posters and company holiday cards. He was Disney Consumer Products' first Art Director in 1995, and the studio's Creative Director of Character Art as well. This is the original Paul Wenzel artwork done for the Pete's Dragon theatrical poster. It features Elliot surrounded by Pete (young Sean Marshall), Lampie (Mickey Rooney), Nora (Helen Reddy), Dr. Terminus (Jim Dale), Hoagy (Red Buttons), and Lena Gogan (Shelly Winters). Art is in gouache on board measuring 22" x 17", with a clear sheet of acetate over the painting. Characters take up 17" x 14". Brilliant colors! Mr. Wenzel has hand-signed this piece in the bottom right. Original one sheet theatrical poster artwork is very rare. Very Good condition.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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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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