Profiles in History’s Two Day Animation Art Auction Event Dec 18-19

Dick Van Dyke “Bert” Jacket From “Jolly Holiday” Sequence in Mary Poppins Goes Up For Auction at Profiles in History’s Two Day Animation Art Auction Event Taking Place December 18-19, 2014

For Immediate Release:

(Los Angeles) (December 11, 2014) The iconic jacket worn by Dick Van Dyke as “Bert” in one of the most memorable marypoppinsprofilesPicture1scenes from Walt Disney’s timeless children’s classic, Mary Poppins is expected to garner $60,000+ at Profiles in History’s highly anticipated Animation Auction 66 taking place December 18-19, 2014. The instantly recognizable, colorful striped coat was worn in the whimsical scene in which Bert, Mary Poppins and Jane and Michael Banks jump into one of Bert’s lovable sidewalk chalk paintings. The jacket is just one of the 1,000+ unique lots of marvelous rare illustration art and animation memorabilia being offered in the collection.

“We have compiled a vast selection of vintage watercolors, original production backgrounds and cells, signed oil paintings and model drawings, original title artwork and animated classic movie memorabilia,” noted Joe Maddalena, CEO and President of Profiles in History. “The collection comprises rare and vintage animation art from such blue-chip animated studios as Warner Bros., Walt Disney Studios, Hanna-Barbera Studios, Marvel Productions, Fox Studios, MGM Studios, Fleischer Studios as well as representing animated art pieces from such world leading animation artists as Chuck Jones, Ralph Bakshi, Don Bluth, Eyvind Earle, Mary Blair and many more.”

In the spirit of the Holidays, the collection features such distinctive pieces as:

The nostalgic original oil paintings “The Day After Christmas” by German-born painter George Hinke for Jolly Old Santa Claus. ($30,000+).  

A beautiful original painting by animation legend Art Riley, most likely done for a Christmas card in the 1950’s is grinchprofilesani66pre-auction estimated at $10,000+.

From Disney legend and well-known talented background artist, Thelma Witmer, a rare collection of four original paintings for a 1940’s Christmas book. Pre-Auction estimate $4,000+.

And, what would the Holidays be without the Grinch? An incredibly rare original production cel paired with the original production background from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (MGM Studios, 1966) is being offered at $10,000+. A selection of additional original production cels from the classic Christmas film are available at pre-auction estimates starting at $400.00+ as well.

 Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe. For more information, please visit

Auction Details:

December 18-19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. PST

Location: Profiles in History Offices

26662 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; Phone: 310-859-7701


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