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    Carl Barks - Uncle Scrooge McDuck "Hands Off My Playthings" Bronze Sculpture (Walt Disney, 1997). Uncle Scrooge is upset with his nephew, Donald Duck, and Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, for what he considers to be their lack of respect for money, and the hard work it takes to accumulate and hold onto it. The intricate coins at Uncle Scrooge's feet, issued from the Duckburg mint, were designed by Carl Barks himself. Uncle Scrooge's three cubic acre money bin had a depth gauge, and his coins are shown here resting at a comfortable level of 90 feet. Also at Scrooge's feet is the jade elephant that was often shown in money bin scenes in the comic books. Carl Barks has signed the piece on the back of the money gauge. The edition size of 176 (of which this is number 79) also has a special significance, as one, seven, and six were the three digits that were always found on the jailbird Beagle Boys' prison shirts in some permutation. This sculpture was designed by Carl Barks, sculpted by Bruce Lau, and produced at the Parks Bronze Foundry. The condition is Excellent. The figure measures 16" tall. The sculpture was released in 1997 with a retail price of $1,950, and quickly sold out; pieces have been known to sell for twice that amount on the secondary market.

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    June, 2004
    11th-12th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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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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