"Profiles in History" is having a huge Disney animation and theme park artifact auction on Saturday, December 17th at the Paley Center for Media, 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

They are offering a free color catalog of the "Icons of Animation" to anyone from MiceChat who calls them at (310) 859-7701. This catalog normally sells for $35, but it's free to MiceChatters and is limited to stock on hand. GET YOURS TODAY!

Most auction items will be available for viewing beginning on December 9th, 2011 at Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA. Call (818) 788-2357 or (800) 599-3693 for more information about pre-auction viewing.

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Welcome to our Icons of Animation auction! Once again we are pleased to be working with Van Eaton Galleries in presenting an incredible collection covering the entire spectrum of the history of animation. This sale features over 600 unique pieces from some of the earliest stop-motion animation shorts, artifacts from Disneyland and Walt Disney World through some of the most beloved shorts and features from the studios of Walt Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., M-G-M, and Walter Lantz.

Highlights include:

• Ub Iwerks Balloon Land original production cel on original background
• Original production cel and production background from Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels
• An extremely rare original production cel of Academy Award Mickey Mouse on original hand-painted background, the only known Mickey art from this little-known 1932 full-color animated short
• Charles Schulz Peanuts 4-panel Great Pumpkin comic strip artwork from 1963
• Suite of illustration artwork for the Little Golden Book, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, by Richard Scarry
• Disneyland Haunted Mansion original featured “stretching portrait” painting, signed by Marc Davis
• Original artwork for the Captain EO attraction poster at Disneyland
• 1875 hand-carved Dentzel carousel horse gifted by Walt Disney to his first Disney Imagineer, Roger Broggie
• Donald Duck original production cel with production background from The Band Concert
• Original pan production background with production cel of the Hag in the boat delivering the poisoned apple from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
• Original production cel of Jiminy Cricket with the matching original production background from Pinocchio
• Eyvind Earle original concept artwork for Sleeping Beauty
• Monumental-scale pan production background with Maleficent cel from Sleeping Beauty
• Rare set of nine preliminary concept paintings by Mary Blair for Alice in Wonderland
• Lady and the Tramp original production cel from the “Bella Notte” scene
Examples of auction lots available on December 17th.

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Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation's leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation's leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents.

Profiles in History has established itself as the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history.
Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). Most recently from the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M.
In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Syfy's hit show, Hollywood Treasure. With already 24 episodes aired, Hollywood Treasure is gearing up for an exciting return in 2012.