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Bambi and Flower

Walt Disney Studio


Price
£12,500

Signed
Signed and inscribed 'To James Irwin with best wishes' by Walt Disney on original mount

Medium
Hand painted cel on courvoisier background

Dimensions
6 ½ x 6 ½ inches

Provenance
Courvoisier Galleries, San Francisco, California

Exhibited
'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1865-2019', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2019-January 2020, No 183

This hand-painted circular cel was produced for Walt Disney's Bambi (1942), and is dedicated to the NASA astronaut, James Irwin.

Walt Disney was fascinated by space travel and in 1965 visited Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he possibly met James Irwin for the first time. Irwin would walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. He became the first official rider of Space Mountain when it opened at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in 1975.

Walt Disney's signature has been verified by Howard Lowery.


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