“It wasn’t until recently that I realized we pretty much have the holy grail of the Disney company,” says Jesse Fairchild. He’s a former paratrooper, artist and inventor with an incredible piece of art that’s been hiding in a family member’s closet for years. Jesse says the piece was the very first artwork for Walt Disney’s feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
To catch you up, a feature film like Snow White was a wild idea for 1932. At the time, Walt had no money, no investors and therefore, no way to make his dream of the first full-length animated film a reality. That was until he met marketing genius Kay Kamen who invested his entire life savings into the film. Jesse says Walt gave Kamen these first initial images in return for Kamen’s investment. Those initial first images are what Jesse now owns.
The piece itself is fountain pen on silk, hand sewn to a blueprint by the famous naval architect John Alden. How strange, right? There is an artist’s signature on the piece as well, but Jesse hasn’t been able to identify the artist. The name on the piece doesn’t match any of the artists credited for the film’s animation. Jesse also points out how the piece is nearly identical to official marketing materials for the film.
The starting price for the piece is $500,000. You can make an offer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesse plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to charity with his ultimate goal to inspire others to never give up just like Walt.