CINCINNATI, Ohio – A rare collection of Disney sculptures is on display at a Cincinnati area comic book store.
- Pieces can be purchased on location
- Rare collection likely to never be on public display again
- Up Up and Away one of the Midwest's largest comic book stores
The Laurenz Collection of Disney Characters is on exhibit at two galleries at Up Up and Away, 5885 Pfeiffer Road, in Blue Ash – a Cincinnati suburb.
It features Disney commissioned work by Italian artist Enzo Arzenton.
The Walt Disney Company asked Arzenton to make sculptures of its famous characters in 1983. He made them until the late 1990's producing dozens of pieces that were replicated and sold all across the world.
A Cincinnati collector has the entire collection and has put them on display and for sale.
The exhibit features original sculptures and hand-painted prototypes. From Fantasia and Mickey to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Donald Duck, Pinocchio, and 101 Dalmatians. Several of the original sculptures were reassembled by Arzenton after they were cut apart to make moldings for mass production.
Some of the hand-painted prototypes can also be viewed and purchased, with varying colors before meeting Disney specifications.
Several pieces range from $1,000 to $30,000 and up.
It's believed this will be the only time the collection is on public display.
The sculptures are in exhibt until Dec. 30. Up Up and Away has two Cincinnati locations, in Cheviot and Blue Ash. The Blue Ash location, which features the Disney art, is one of the largest comic book stores and museums in the Midwest featuring more than 7,500 square feet of space.