Saturday, June 20, 2020

Milt Kahl at Auction

Recently there have been a few offerings of Milt's drawings at Heritage Auctions. While other animation art items saw record prices, these pieces went for relatively modest dollar amounts.

The Mickey Mouse sketch looks like it was drawn in the late 1940s or 50s. To my knowledge Milt animated Mickey only one time for the short Mickey's Circus. And that was his debut as an animator in 1936.
That hand is too large.

When Milt drew characters for fans, he mostly sketched them in black and white. This is a rare color piece. It was drawn sometime during the 1950s. The style and line work is more graphic here than in his earlier production drawings for Bambi. Thumper has a resemblance to the rabbits from Sleeping Beauty.

The three Witches of Morva for The Black Cauldron. He recycles graphic character traits from his earlier animated personalities. But the top draughtsmanship is still there.

More on Milt's character designs for The Black Cauldron here:


  1. I could never afford the Disney stuff on there, but that Heritage Auctions website is an amazing resource just to see the art on there. I appreciate that they have high resolution scans too.
    This most recent batch of animation art is AMAZING

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    2. Same here! American animation art I cannot afford. However, I did purchase two cels from a Japanese animated TV series a couple of years ago as the prices were affordable. Nevertheless, with no certificate of authenticity you can never really know whether you bought an original or a forgery. A shame ...

  2. Hey Andreas! I bought your The Nine Old Men book- I’m about half way through it - I love it! Your insight about each person is very interesting to read. So if these men are the first generation animators. - would you consider people like glen keane, Aaron Blaise, Mark henn and yourself 2nd gen? Your follow up book could cover that group! As a 20 year designer - I’d be happy to lay it out for you! Haha. Thanks for the years of inspiration! Cheers!