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    Mickey's Nightmare (United Artists, 1932). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Walt Disney had been working for Charles Mintz at Winkler for several years, animating his highly successful character, Oswald the Rabbit. When Mintz balked at putting more money into the series and in fact suggested lowering the production costs, Disney walked away. He also walked away from the rights to the "Oswald" character. So Disney created a new cartoon character in collaboration with veteran animator Ub Iwerks. They named the small rodent Mickey Mouse and although Mickey's first cartoon was "Plane Crazy," it was "Steamboat Willie" that was released first, due to the addition of sound. Mickey was an overnight sensation and his antics would make him one of the most popular stars in the world. In fact, he was so popular that his cartoons were sometimes billed over the main attraction on theatre marquees. Disney began distributing Mickey's cartoons through Pat Powers and then through Columbia pictures in 1928.Yet once again, production costs were an issue and Disney was forced to find a new home. Even the posters for the Columbia cartoons were "low budget" meaning typically duo-tone images printed in red and black. United Artists came to the rescue and would eventually produce Mickey's cartoons in Technicolor. Mickey's first cartoon for his new studio was "Mickey's Nightmare" and was released in August 1932. The poster was electric! Now Mickey's posters would be printed in full color using zinc-plate lithography. The effect was dazzling and to this day, the thirteen individual cartoon one sheets printed by United Artists are among the most sought after posters in the history of the hobby. Of the thirteen, none are considered better than this graphic since Walt Disney's greatest character and icon, Mickey Mouse is pictured on this stunning one sheet a total of nine times. This particular copy has had restoration to the top and bottom of the poster. The area just above the title "Mickey Mouse" was missing including the names "Walt Disney" and "Joseph M. Schenck" and just below the title where it says "Nightmare" including the title "United Artists" was missing. Both of these areas were beautifully and expertly restored so that the poster appears near mint. In terms of value, we know that several UA Mickey's (as they are fondly referred to) were sold privately last year in the six figure range each. Mickey Mouse is a true American icon and his image is recognized around the world and is beloved by millions everywhere. This could be your one and only chance to acquire this legendary poster. Very Good on Linen.

    Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.

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