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    Floyd Gottfredson - Mickey Mouse Western Painting "Race for Riches" (No Publisher, 1980). This magnificent and famous painting of Mickey and Horace Horsecollar confronted by evil nemesis Peg-Leg Pete was part of a series of 24 paintings originally commissioned by Malcolm Willits. They were the only full-scene Mickey Mouse paintings that Floyd Gottfredson, artist on the character for an amazing 40 years, ever did. This piece set the record for the highest price at auction of the Willits group, selling at Christie's in 1986 for $32,890 (with buyer's premium). There was something about the classic Western "shoot out" confrontation that set it apart. It represented all the Mickey Mouse adventures in one perfectly conceived and executed painting. Gottfredson's popular "Race to Riches" Western story went from the 1938 Big Little Book, to the newspaper comic strips, to comic books (all by Floyd) to this large 21" x 16" painting. Opaque watercolors were used on board; it has been maintained in a dark room, and is in Excellent condition. This is the first public offering of this incredible work of art since the original mid-80s auction. Additionally, although we've indicated "No Publisher" above, this treasure has been "published" in color in the 1987 edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide for setting a record at the Christies Auction. Later, in 1990, it was represented by Howard Lowery in the Malcolm Willits Collection. Now, it could be the centerpiece of the (Insert Your Name Here) Collection!

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2004
    11th-12th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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    15% of the successful bid (minimum $6) per lot.

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