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Test proofs

Test proofs

Disneyana+ has acquired a very small quantity of what could be characterised as very unique specialties: Test proofs of some of the lithographs that were released by Another Rainbow in the 1980s and 1990s. These proofs were used for everything from testing various paper types to testing the colours of the lithographs, to testing Carl Barks’ pencils, etc. These proofs are very special, extremely rare and extremely desirable for many reasons. Firstly, there are only very few of these in circulation, since the vast majority of test proofs were destroyed after their intended use. Before we came across this last stock of proofs (with absolute top- provenance!), we had only seen a total of 8 such proofs over a period of ten years. Test proofs differ in many ways from the final released lithographs. Some of the proof colours vary significantly from the published works, some proofs are missing the printed title, other proofs offer a rare and historical insight into the manufacturing process as they are filled with handwritten comments and instructions to the printing company regarding colour choice etc. Such comments were given only by Carl Barks. In some cases, the test proofs also contain the exact printing date. Other proofs are made on paper, which differs from the official release  and last – but certainly not least – Carl Barks occasionally went on a “signing spree” on some of these lithos and signed a few several times. Test proofs are thus unique in many different ways for which reason they have a very broad appeal. Common to all the lithographs is that they do not include a certificate of authenticity from Another Rainbow. This is, of course, due to the fact that they all have been made ​​long before the final release was ready. Some of the proofs offered here are likely even to be the very first ever to come off the press. Disneyana+ warrants for the authenticity of these special proofs and will include a certificate of authenticity stating the provenance of the proofs and any additional information that may be relevant to the buyer. If you would like additional pictures of a particular lithograph or further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. This is definitely a treat for the collectors who want something that is much more special and rare than the official releases.

This Dollar Saved My Life At Whitehorse

Unsigned lithograph marked as “2nd proof”. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from Disneyana+, indicating the provenance and guarantee of authenticity. Framed to a total size of 62 x 64 cm.

€300.00

Dubious Doings at Dismal Downs

This unsigned proof comes from a later stage of the lithograph production process. The lithograph contains the printed title, but still vary quite a bit in terms of colouring and hue compared to the final release. Judging by the comments, it is especially the red and gray tones that were to be darkened. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from Disneyana+, indicating the provenance and guarantee of authenticity. Framed to a total size of 62 x 68 cm.

€300.00 (pending sale)

Holiday in Duckburg

This unsigned litho is marked as “2nd Proof”, and is thus one of the earliest proofs  from the productions process. The numerous comments on the lithograph clearly indicate that the printing company was far off target with respect to hues and tones of the image. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from Disneyana+, indicating the provenance and guarantee of authenticity. Framed to a total size of 62 x 68 cm.

€300.00 (pending sale)

Till Death Do Us Part

This proof is marked in red ink as “1st press proof for paper choice”. It is printed on a paper which is slightly thinner and more delicate than the paper chosen for the final lithograph. The printer’s colour gamut is visible at the far left of the paper. Overall, the proof is in very good condition with no visible defects in the paper. It is unsigned and untitled. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from Disneyana+, indicating the provenance and guarantee of authenticity. The print measures approx. 54 x 54 cm.

€200.00

A 1934 Belchfire Runabout

This proof is arguably the most special we have ever seen. What makes this lithograph unique is the fact that Carl Barks has signed it a total of THREE times with two different kinds of pencils, of which he even wrote which pencil type was best. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from Disneyana+, indicating the provenance and guarantee of authenticity. Framed to a total size of 70 x 80 cm.

€1,200.00

In Uncle Walt’s Collectery – Final press proof

Unsigned test proof marked as ‘Final Press Proof’. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from Disneyana+, indicating the provenance and guarantee of authenticity. Framed to a total size of 66 x 54 cm.

€300.00