Video: Rare Disney originals go on sale in Harrogate

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THEY are drawings produced by some of the Walt Disney studio’s finest but they never made it onto the silver screen.

The artworks include dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tackling a wood carving and reveal a new scene that was left out of Disney’s 1937 box-office hit.

David Smith from Nepture Fine Arts with  a 1937 original  drawing from Snow White by the Walt Disney Studios

David Smith from Nepture Fine Arts with a 1937 original drawing from Snow White by the Walt Disney Studios

They are among a number of original drawings of famous cartoon characters up for sale at the Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which runs until tomorrow.

Belonging to David Smith, of Neptune Fine Art, from Derbyshire, the collection also includes original pencil drawings of Mickey Mouse, on notepaper, dating from around 1931. Also on sale are original painted cells from Pooh Bear films and The Lady and the Tramp. Unlike the Snow White drawings, others in the collection were used in films, with many of the works priced at around the £2,500 mark.

Mr Smith said: “There’s huge interest in these drawings. They are just so well drawn. They are just so charming. Its Hollywood royalty.”

Many of the artworks are from the private collection of the late Thornton Hee, an animator, caricature artist and director who worked for the Walt Disney Studios during the 1930s.

Sue Ede, organiser of the fair at the Pavilions, part of the Great Yorkshire Showground, said: “The collection is utterly charming.

“They are now more than 50 years old and are exactly the kind of desirable and nostalgic work of art that so many people find fascinating.”

The fair offers a range of items including a collection of Victorian and Edwardian furniture, featuring an inlaid Victorian chair, which is being shown by Yorkshire dealer Mark Buckley Antiques.

Vintage jewellery, ceramics, paintings, period rugs, copper and brass, antiquarian maps and prints and other collectibles are also featured.