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    Mickey Mouse in Mickey's Mellerdrammer (United Artists, 1933). One Sheet (28.25" X 41").
    This lot is quite the boon for Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney collectors, as Heritage has not presented this highly sought after one sheet since 2006. In 1931, production costs on Walt Disney's animated shorts had risen from $5,400 to $13,500 per cartoon. Columbia, who had advanced Disney the money to make each short for several years, backed out when the costs began to skyrocket due to Disney's desire to improve his product more and more. In stepped United Artists, who gave Disney a highly favorable distribution deal. This left him to concentrate on the production of his cartoons. The United Artists posters are, without a doubt, the most beautiful animated cartoon posters and certainly the most rare. This lovely one sheet depicts the cartoon that was a nostalgic tribute to pre-turn-of-the-century stage Melodramas. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar, and the gang, present their own budget-challenged rendition of Uncle Tom's Cabin for a raucous crowd in what appears to be a barn converted into a theater for the occasion. Vivid color has been retained, and touchup has been applied to minor signs of handling: pinholes around the borders, and a chip in the top right corner. There is a bite out of the right center border that is approximately 3" long by 1" at its deepest. It does not come anywhere near the image, which is almost untouched. The linen has been trimmed to the edge of the poster. This is the only known copy of this poster! From the collection of Pete Merolo. Very Fine- on Linen.


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    November, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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