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Walt Disney Auction Includes Signed Will, Animation Art

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Classic Disney items, including animation art and Walt Disney's signed will, are going up for auction at the Animation and Disneyana Auction Friday at Profiles in History. (Screengrab via Profiles in History)

By    |   Friday, 09 Dec 2016 03:07 PM

A Walt Disney auction is giving fans of the late animation entrepreneur a chance to walk away with his signed will along with other classic Disney items at the Animation and Disneyana Auction Friday.

The auction is being held at Profiles in History in Los Angeles, and is offering 600 lots of animation art and Disney items, according to Reuters.

Brian Chanes, the head of acquisitions at Profiles in History, said Disney’s signed will could be auctioned off for as much as $60,000.

The auction, which falls on the same week that would have marked Disney’s 115th birthday, will serve as a celebration of Disney’s birthday and the holiday season, according to Forbes.

Walt Disney’s last will and testament is said to be nine pages long, which is expected to be the most expensive item sold at the auction.

The will was originally signed in 1941 after “Pinocchio and Fantasia” tanked at the box office.

The signed will made up for some of the lost revenue, while giving Mr. Disney a 60 percent stake.

“Disney, up until the early ‘50s, was basically beholden to different studios where his rights were tied up,” said Joe Maddalena, the owner of Profiles in History, according to Forbes.

Maddalena added that after Disney signed the document, he “got all of his rights back. He then transferred them to Walt Disney Enterprises, which basically went on to create Disneyland and become this multibillion-dollar empire, so it’s probably one of the most important documents in Disney’s career that we have.”

Walt Disney co-founded an animation studio in the 1920s, which amassed a ton of success before transitioning into a feature film production studio, producing classic films, such as “Cinderella” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Disney died in 1966. He was 65.

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