- Title: Walt Disney's signed will goes up for auction in Los Angeles
- Date: 8th December 2016
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (RECENT - NOVEMBER 21, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ITEMS FOR AUCTION VARIOUS OF WALT DISNEY'S SIGNED DOCUMENT TRADEMARKING THE WALT DISNEY NAME DISNEY'S SIGNED WILL (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIAN CHANES (PRONOUNCED "CHAN-ISS"), THE HEAD OF ACQUISITIONS FOR PROFILES IN HISTORY, SAYING: "Some of our more important items happen to be the 1953 document that Walt Disney basically sold the use of his name to the Walt Disney Corporation that started that Disney empire. So 60-80,000 is the pre-sale estimate on that particular piece. Now we also have 1941 Walt Disney last will and testament that we have from 40-60,000 dollars estimate." ANIMATION FRAME FROM THE OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE TO THE TV SHOW "BEWITCHED" ANIMATION FRAME FROM THE OPENING CREDITS OF THE TV SHOW "I DREAM OF JEANNIE" VARIOUS OF DRAWING FROM THE MOVIE "HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS" ANIMATION FRAME FROM THE MOVIE "DUMBO" ANIMATION FRAME FROM THE MOVIE "CINDERELLA" ANIMATION FRAME FROM THE MOVIE "HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS" FRAME FROM THE MOVIE "PETER PAN," SHOWING THE CHARACTER TINKER BELL PROP FROM "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN" ATTRACTION AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
- Embargoed: 23rd December 2016 23:49
- Keywords: Walt Disney auction will trademark animation
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA0015C10DAX
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- Story Text: Walt Disney fans get the chance to own a piece of history starting on Friday (December 9) when the late animation entrepreneur's signed will goes under the hammer as part of a rare auction.
The "Animation and Disneyana Auction" at Profiles in History in Los Angeles is offering 600 lots of animation art and Disney-related items.
"Some of our more important items happen to be the 1953 document that Walt Disney basically sold the use of his name to the Walt Disney Corporation that started that Disney empire. So 60-80,000 is the pre-sale estimate on that particular piece. Now we also have 1941 Walt Disney last will and testament that we have from 40-60,000 dollars estimate," said Brian Chanes (pronounced "Chan-iss"), the head of acquisitions at Profiles in History.
Disney's last will and testament was executed in 1941 and signed "Walter E. Disney." In the will, he leaves his share of Disney Production stock to his two daughters and the Disney Employees Bonus Pool. The will has been marked "Cancelled" in red pencil. New wills were drawn up in 1942 and 1951.
Disney's signed legal license for use of his name by Walt Disney Inc. was executed in 1953.
Other highlights from the sale include animation "cels" or frames from "Cinderella," "Dumbo" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and a prop pistol from the original "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction at Walt Disney World.
Disney co-founded an animation studio in 1923, which eventually grew into a feature film production studio with films such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Bambi" and "Cinderella." He died in 1966 aged 65.
The Walt Disney Company is now one of Hollywood's top players, producing live action and animated feature fare.
Bidding begins in the auction at 11:00 a.m. local time (1900 gmt) on December 9 in person, by phone or online.
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