Collector Spotlight: Harry Kleiman

Eyvind Earle concept painting Walt Disney Lady and the Tramp RR Auction

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A lifelong love of animation

Harry Kleiman grew up enjoying Saturday morning cartoons, like many of us. That turned into a love of animation and illustration – and obtaining significant examples for his collection – that has continued for more than 50 years.

Read Harry’s firsthand account of his love of animation

Kleiman is RR Auction’s animation expert, and has shared some of most compelling pieces of original artwork with our other passionate collectors in past auctions. Our August Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction (through Aug. 8) has a special Animation feature section, with more of his incredible finds from the world’s greatest animation artists.

Kleiman’s favorite illustrator would have to be Eyvind Earle, the noted artist behind such Disney works as “Lady and the Tramp,” (seen above) “Sleeping Beauty,” and more. “His attention to detail was unsurpassed,” Kleiman said.

Within 194 animation lots, RR is offering 140 Walt Disney items. We spoke with Kleiman about one of his favorite things: Walt Disney’s paradigm-shifting master work, Snow White. He told us the amazing story of how that film came to be.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][vc_single_image image=”10429″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Kleiman on Snow White

Nobody thought he could do it. Film titans Louis B. Mayer and Jack Warner called it “Walt’s Folly.” For who would sit through a full-length animated film in a theater? It was absurd; it was never done before.

Walt Disney proved everyone wrong.

“Once upon a time” in 1934, Walt Disney sent his animation staff to dinner (with a nickel or dime to pay for it), telling them to come back to the office afterwards. When they did, Walt acted out the whole story and his vision of Snow White – the voices, the actions, all the dwarves’ personalities.

Unbeknownst to any of his staff, Walt had been planning Snow White all on his own. “It was all in his head; he had amazing character development,” Kleiman noted.

Once the story was revealed to his staff, Walt mortgaged his house and his old studio and work began on Snow White. Creating “The Old Mill” as a test film for 3D, and Silly Symphonies cartoons as “practice” films, Walt even had to create the multiplane camera to capture the 3D aspects of the film. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][vc_single_image image=”10438″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”10440″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”10443″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Despite naysayers like Mayer and Warner, the film was, of course, an international hit. All the songs – all written for the film – became No. 1 hits as well. Walt was even able to build a new (the current) Disney studio with revenue from Snow White.

A special Oscar was also created for the film, as there had been no award for an animated feature yet. It featured one big Oscar, and seven little ones, for the dwarves. It was presented to Walt by a young Shirley Temple.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Take home Snow White

We have 18 beautiful pieces from Disney’s Snow White – production drawings and production cels that feature the heroine, her seven small friends, her prince and one poison apple-proffering witch.

“I hope that you see the hard work and beauty that I saw in these wonderful works,” Kleiman said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”10445″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]





Auction results: Marvels of Modern Music


Chart-topping success

RR Auction’s Marvels of Modern Music auction (July 12-19) heralded the sweet sound of success for its consignors. Autographs, albums, guitars, equipment, and personally owned clothing and jewelry were hot sellers. Here are the auction results.

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Fully signed Beatles autographed items were in high demand. A 1963 Parlophone mono first album pressing of Please Please Me,” signed by all four Beatles, topped the list with a sale price of $30,671. Beatles success included a complete set of signatures on a 1964 menu from the specially-hired train used for the opening sequences of the Beatles’ debut film “A Hard Day’s Night,” which sold for $13,316; a Beatles set of signatures circa 1963, that went for $8,597; and Beatles autographs obtained in September 1967 on the set of the Magical Mystery Tour in Newquay, England (scarce, as the band had stopped touring the year before), which earned $7,227. A framed photo and signatures of the Beatles did well at $6,830, as did a framed and signed promo postcard display, which achieved $6,209.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”10381″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Also noteworthy was an incredibly rare original handbill for two Beatles performances as part of the “Big Beat Sessions” and “The Davy Jones Show” at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Merseyside, on December 1 and 8, 1961. During this period, Pete Best was the Beatles’ drummer; Ringo Starr (as Richard Starkey) was the drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, also on the bill for both shows. That item sold for $4,716. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10383″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10386″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10385″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Featured musicians

CJ Ramone presented a collection of his own stage and tour gear from his days playing with punk pioneers The Ramones. His tour-used Ampeg bass amplifier head with original Ramones road case sold for $13,089; his stage-worn iconic black leather jacket garnered $11,272. A pair of sterling silver skull rings given to him by original bassist Dee Dee Ramone went for $10,492. And CJ Ramone’s tour- and stage-used black-bodied signature Mosrite bass guitar earned $8,485.

The family of Boston lead singer Brad Delp offered a cache of items from his remarkable career with the band, including his RIAA gold sales award for Boston’s self-titled debut album; it sold for $11,153.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”10390″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”10391″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]RR Auction continues its success in selling Prince memorabilia. This time, Prince’s handwritten draft of the lyrics for “Mutiny” achieved $16,843; his handwritten lyrics for “Go” – in purple ink, with pen name Percy Bagonia – garnered $9,200; and his extensive handwritten notes for the cover art to his “Around the World in a Day” were sold for $7,892. Clothing, jewelry, and other items were also successful.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”10396″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Rock n’ Roll icons

A rare ALS written by Bob Dylan in 1975 to folk musician Debbie Green, inviting her to sing on his upcoming “Desire” album, achieved $29,645. Read more about the item here. Dylan’s signed “Bringing It All Back Home” album also sold for $5,017.

Nearly every legendary band or musician was represented in the auction. Led Zeppelin items scored heavily. A fully signed “Led Zeppelin II” album – with Robert Plant adding “Frodo Lives” – reaped $27,621. An exceedingly rare signed vintage glossy photo of Doors frontman Jim Morrison, circa 1969, earned $26,348. A 1971 Sunderland Concert poster signed by The Who sold for $14,703; and a beautifully signed “Wish You Were Here” album, featuring autographs from all the members of Pink Floyd, went for $14,649.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10398″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10399″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10400″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10402″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Music pioneers included a Buddy Holly signed photograph that went for $18,376; a Bob Marley signed “Uprising” album garnered $12,383; and a signed photo of Texas blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins earned $9,038. Several Elvis Presley items were featured, like his 14K Baume & Mercier wristwatch, which achieved $12,251, and a Presley-signed vintage glossy photo earned $7,962. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10403″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Top 20 auction results

Beatles Signed Album – $30,671

Bob Dylan Autograph Letter Signed – $29,645

Led Zeppelin Signed Album – $27,621

Jim Morrison Signed Photograph – $26,348

Buddy Holly Signed Photograph – $18,376

Prince Handwritten Lyrics for ‘Mutiny’ – $16,843

The Who Signed 1971 Sunderland Concert Poster – $14,703

Pink Floyd Signed Album  – $14,649

Beatles A Hard Day’s Night Signatures – $13,316

CJ and Dee Dee Ramone’s Tour-Used Ampeg Bass Amplifier Head with Original Ramones Road Case – $13,089

Bob Marley and the Wailers Signed Uprising Album – $12,383

Elvis Presley’s 14K Baume & Mercier Wristwatch – $12,251

CJ Ramone’s Stage-Worn Leather Jacket – $11,272

Brad Delp’s RIAA Sales Award, Boston debut album – $11,153

CJ Ramone’s Pair of Skull Rings Given by Dee Dee Ramone  – $10,492

Prince Handwritten Lyrics for ‘Go’ – $9,200

Lightnin’ Hopkins Signed Photograph – $9,038

CJ and Dee Dee Ramone’s Tour-Used Bass Cabinet with Original Ramones Road Case – $8,892

Beatles Signatures, circa 1963 – $8,597

CJ Ramone’s Stage-Used Bass Guitar – $8,485


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