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    Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse Animation Drawing with Dave Smith Letter (Walt Disney, 1928). Here's an original 12 field animation drawing from the cartoon short that launched "The House the Mouse Built!" It's likely that Walt Disney would have built his empire regardless, but the creation of this plucky little mouse assured his place in history. Walt Disney himself directed and provided the voice of Mickey Mouse for this short, with all animation done by Ub Iwerks. This graphite drawing is from the scene where Mickey plays the Hippo's teeth like a xylophone. The overall image measures 4.25" x 2.25". Making this lot extra special is a letter from Disney Legend and the Studio's first archivist, Dave Smith (1940 - 2019). In his letter, dated December 8, 1978, Mr. Smith believed the drawing to be authentic. The letter is hand-signed as "David R. Smith." The drawing is matted with a brass title plate, and framed with Plexiglas for an overall size of 15.5" x 12.5". Frame is sold as-is. Drawing and letter are in Very Good condition.

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    June, 2020
    19th-21st Friday-Sunday
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