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Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck voice artist Mel Blanc’s personal memorabilia will go up for auction

Animation fans will be able to own a piece of history with items from the estate of iconic voice artist Mel Blanc going up for auction next month.

Personal items such as his own studio microphone, several signed items and much more will be up for bidding as an exclusive presentation as part of Julien’s Auctions Icons & Idols: Hollywood Classics and Legends, taking place December 3 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and online.

Other items as part of the collection range from a folder full of Jewish and Yiddish jokes he wrote and registered with the Writers Guild of America West (expected to fetch $300-$500) to his own personal microphone he recorded voices such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and The Flintstones with ($4,000-$6,000).

Auction: Animation fans will be able to own a piece of history with items from the estate of iconic voice artist Mel Blanc going up for auction next month

Jokes: Other items as part of the collection range from a folder full of Jewish and Yiddish jokes he wrote and registered with the Writers Guild of America West (expected to fetch $300-$500) to his own personal microphone he recorded voices such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and The Flintstones with ($4,000-$6,000)

Jokes: Other items as part of the collection range from a folder full of Jewish and Yiddish jokes he wrote and registered with the Writers Guild of America West (expected to fetch $300-$500) to his own personal microphone he recorded voices such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and The Flintstones with ($4,000-$6,000)

The most expensive item, according to estimated value, is an 18K Yellow Gold ID Bracelet with a box clasp closure.

The bracelet features his name in cursive on the front and ‘Pacific Palisades, Cal’ and presumably his phone number, 213 454-6575, on the back.

The item weights 114.9 grams and comes with the 1983 The Franklin Mint Almanac,’ showing Blanc on the cover wearing the bracelet, with the lot expected to fetch between $5,000 and $7,000.

Bracelet: The most expensive item, according to estimated value, is an 18K Yellow Gold ID Bracelet with a box clasp closure

Bracelet: The most expensive item, according to estimated value, is an 18K Yellow Gold ID Bracelet with a box clasp closure

Number: The bracelet features his name in cursive on the front and 'Pacific Palisades, Cal' and presumably his phone number, 213 454-6575, on the back

Number: The bracelet features his name in cursive on the front and ‘Pacific Palisades, Cal’ and presumably his phone number, 213 454-6575, on the back

Almanac: The item weights 114.9 grams and comes with the 1983 The Franklin Mint Almanac,' showing Blanc on the cover wearing the bracelet, with the lot expected to fetch between $5,000 and $7,000

Almanac: The item weights 114.9 grams and comes with the 1983 The Franklin Mint Almanac,’ showing Blanc on the cover wearing the bracelet, with the lot expected to fetch between $5,000 and $7,000

The studio-used microphone is a late 1950s Sony C-37A, ‘free-standing tube condenser microphone’ that he used for ‘decades’ because of its high quality.

The mic stand is heavily rusted with the microphone itself labeled ‘Mike 2,’ and the microphone itself is not in working condition.

The microphone also comes with a black-and-white photo of Blanc using the mic with his friend Vincent Prince, with the lot expected to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000.

Decades: The studio-used microphone is a late 1950s Sony C-37A, 'free-standing tube condenser microphone' that he used for 'decades' because of its high quality

Decades: The studio-used microphone is a late 1950s Sony C-37A, ‘free-standing tube condenser microphone’ that he used for ‘decades’ because of its high quality

Not working: The mic stand is heavily rusted with the microphone itself labeled 'Mike 2,' and the microphone itself is not in working condition

Not working: The mic stand is heavily rusted with the microphone itself labeled ‘Mike 2,’ and the microphone itself is not in working condition

Also included in the collection is a signed animation cel from 1958 featuring five of Blanc’s famous characters, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester the Cat, and Daffy Duck. 

The cel is inscribed in black fountain pen ink on the background page, which reads, ‘For Pat/ with love from/ ‘Uncle’ Mel Blanc/ 4/8/58.’

The lot is expected to fetch between $800 and $1,200 at auction.

Cel: Also included in the collection is a signed animation cel from 1958 featuring five of Blanc's famous characters, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester the Cat, and Daffy Duck

Cel: Also included in the collection is a signed animation cel from 1958 featuring five of Blanc’s famous characters, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester the Cat, and Daffy Duck

A collection of Blanc’s paperwork for Hanna-Barbera Productions is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000.

Among the items is a 1962 contract for voicing Barney Rubble and Dino in The Flintstones and a 1964 letter to Blanc from William Hanna with a print of Fred and Barney.

Also up for sale is Blanc’s signed 1942 Warner Bros. employee ID card, which was on display at the Warner Bros. lot for many years, and is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000 at auction.

Paperwork: A collection of Blanc's paperwork for Hanna-Barbera Productions is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000

Paperwork: A collection of Blanc’s paperwork for Hanna-Barbera Productions is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000

Contract: Among the items is a 1962 contract for voicing Barney Rubble and Dino in The Flintstones and a 1964 letter to Blanc from William Hanna with a print of Fred and Barney

Contract: Among the items is a 1962 contract for voicing Barney Rubble and Dino in The Flintstones and a 1964 letter to Blanc from William Hanna with a print of Fred and Barney

Auction: Also up for sale is Blanc's signed 1942 Warner Bros. employee ID card, which was on display at the Warner Bros. lot for many years, and is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000 at auction

Auction: Also up for sale is Blanc’s signed 1942 Warner Bros. employee ID card, which was on display at the Warner Bros. lot for many years, and is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000 at auction

Also up for bidding are items from his 1988 autobiography That’s Not All Folks! including photocopied pages of the final draft. 

Also included is, ‘a bound “uncorrected page proof” of the book; the final printed book with Blanc’s black felt-tip ink signature on the title page; Blanc’s name tag when he plugged his book at the 1988 American Booksellers Association in New York City’

The lot also includes, ‘a foamcore poster of the book’s cover; and a cardboard poster of the book’s cover with added text reading “Thsufferin’/ Thsuccotash,” with the lot expected to go for $1,000 to $2,000. 

Book: Also up for bidding are items from his 1988 autobiography That's Not All Folks! including photocopied pages of the final draft

Book: Also up for bidding are items from his 1988 autobiography That’s Not All Folks! including photocopied pages of the final draft

Included: Also included is, 'a bound "uncorrected page proof" of the book; the final printed book with Blanc's black felt-tip ink signature on the title page; Blanc's name tag when he plugged his book at the 1988 American Booksellers Association in New York City'

Included: Also included is, ‘a bound “uncorrected page proof” of the book; the final printed book with Blanc’s black felt-tip ink signature on the title page; Blanc’s name tag when he plugged his book at the 1988 American Booksellers Association in New York City’

Poster: The lot also includes, 'a foamcore poster of the book's cover; and a cardboard poster of the book's cover with added text reading "Thsufferin'/ Thsuccotash," with the lot expected to go for $1,000 to $2,000

Poster: The lot also includes, ‘a foamcore poster of the book’s cover; and a cardboard poster of the book’s cover with added text reading “Thsufferin’/ Thsuccotash,” with the lot expected to go for $1,000 to $2,000

Also expected to sell between the $1,000 and $2,000 range is the voice legend’s 14K gold pocket watch, gifted from his wife.

The front has, ‘floral and bird engravings accented with seven round diamonds totaling approximately 0.08 ct., and two small rubies totaling approximately 0.03 ct.’

The lid features a white dial with Arabic chapters, subsidiary dial, and scrolled gold hands, against a star and floral motif background.’

Watch: Also expected to sell between the $1,000 and $2,000 range is the voice legend's 14K gold pocket watch

Watch: Also expected to sell between the $1,000 and $2,000 range is the voice legend’s 14K gold pocket watch

Watch: The lid features a white dial with Arabic chapters, subsidiary dial, and scrolled gold hands, against a star and floral motif background.

Watch: The lid features a white dial with Arabic chapters, subsidiary dial, and scrolled gold hands, against a star and floral motif background.

Another lot features a group of 1950s and 1960s vintage desktop items that Blanc personally owned, including a Zenith transistor radio.

Other items include, ‘a small roulette wheel standee with a sticker on its base reading “MBA” (for Mel Blanc Associates), a sterling silver cigarette box, a ballpoint pen reading in part “Mel Blanc.’

There is also, ‘a vermeil key adorned with a St. Genesius medallion (patron saint of actors, clowns, comedians, and musicians), and a small blue jewelry box,’ with the lot expected to fetch $300-$500. 

Radio: Another lot features a group of 1950s and 1960s vintage desktop items that Blanc personally owned, including a Zenith transistor radio

Radio: Another lot features a group of 1950s and 1960s vintage desktop items that Blanc personally owned, including a Zenith transistor radio

A large collection of approximately 300 pages of handwritten notes will fetch between $1,000 and $2,000.

‘Ranging in date from the 1960s to the 1980s, Blanc writes bits of dialogue for cartoon characters, jokes, gags, story ideas, statistics, addresses, trivia, lists, raunchy thoughts, and the like — an amazing look into the brain of this genius!’ according to the description.

Also up for auction is an original caricature of Blanc by artist Basil Wolverton, which is rather brittle but still expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000.

Collection: A large collection of approximately 300 pages of handwritten notes will fetch between $1,000 and $2,000

Collection: A large collection of approximately 300 pages of handwritten notes will fetch between $1,000 and $2,000

Caricature: Also up for auction is an original caricature of Blanc by artist Basil Wolverton, which is rather brittle but still expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,00

Caricature: Also up for auction is an original caricature of Blanc by artist Basil Wolverton, which is rather brittle but still expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,00

A collection of Blanc’s ledgers and other eras that span from the 1950s to the 1970s is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000.  

Another piece of artwork is, ‘a large colored felt-tip ink on paper drawing depicting Mel Blanc surrounded by the dozens of cartoon characters he voiced over the decades with the title “That’s Not All Folks!” by Paul Madden in 1988.” 

The artwork is, inscribed “To: Mel Blanc/ On the occasion of his 80th Birthday,’ and is expected to sell for between $500 and $800.

Ledgers: A collection of Blanc's ledgers and other eras that span from the 1950s to the 1970s is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000

Ledgers: A collection of Blanc’s ledgers and other eras that span from the 1950s to the 1970s is expected to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000

Art: Another piece of artwork is, 'a large colored felt-tip ink on paper drawing depicting Mel Blanc surrounded by the dozens of cartoon characters he voiced over the decades with the title "That's Not All Folks!" by Paul Madden in 1988

Art: Another piece of artwork is, ‘a large colored felt-tip ink on paper drawing depicting Mel Blanc surrounded by the dozens of cartoon characters he voiced over the decades with the title “That’s Not All Folks!” by Paul Madden in 1988

Birthday: The artwork is, inscribed "To: Mel Blanc/ On the occasion of his 80th Birthday,' and is expected to sell for between $500 and $800

Birthday: The artwork is, inscribed “To: Mel Blanc/ On the occasion of his 80th Birthday,’ and is expected to sell for between $500 and $800

Another more expensive item is a 14K gold money clip that Blanc received from Jack Benny, which is said to sell between $2,000 and $3,000.

Another gold item up for sale is Blanc’s personalized 14K yellow gold Dunhill cigarette lighter with his name engraved, said to sell for between $1,000 and $2,000. 

An animation cel from The Flintstones, featuring the character he voiced, Barney Rubble, is expected to fetch $300 to $500.

Lighter: Another gold item up for sale is Blanc's personalized 14K yellow gold Dunhill cigarette lighter with his name engraved, said to sell for between $1,000 and $2,000.

Lighter: Another gold item up for sale is Blanc’s personalized 14K yellow gold Dunhill cigarette lighter with his name engraved, said to sell for between $1,000 and $2,000.

Animation: An animation cel from The Flintstones, featuring the character he voiced, Barney Rubble, is expected to fetch $300 to $500

Animation: An animation cel from The Flintstones, featuring the character he voiced, Barney Rubble, is expected to fetch $300 to $500

A collection of jokes entitled ‘Jooish,’ featuring, ‘dozens of mimeographed pages of gags, stories, and jokes about being Jewish,’ is said to sell for $300 to $500.

The voice artist’s 1972 California driver’s licence, featuring his Pacific Palisades address, will fetch $400 to $600.  

His custom bomber jacket featuring Bugs Bunny’s catch phrase, ‘What’s up Doc?’ is likely to go for between $600 and $800.

Jokes: A collection of jokes entitled 'Jooish,' featuring, 'dozens of mimeographed pages of gags, stories, and jokes about being Jewish,' is said to sell for $300 to $500.

Jokes: A collection of jokes entitled ‘Jooish,’ featuring, ‘dozens of mimeographed pages of gags, stories, and jokes about being Jewish,’ is said to sell for $300 to $500.

License: The voice artist's 1972 California driver's licence, featuring his Pacific Palisades address, will fetch $400 to $600

License: The voice artist’s 1972 California driver’s licence, featuring his Pacific Palisades address, will fetch $400 to $600

Bomber: His custom bomber jacket featuring Bugs Bunny's catch phrase, 'What's up Doc?' is likely to go for between $600 and $800

Bomber: His custom bomber jacket featuring Bugs Bunny’s catch phrase, ‘What’s up Doc?’ is likely to go for between $600 and $800

A set of two original print black and white photographs of Mel Blanc in 1961 dressed up as the most famous cartoon character he voiced, Bugs Bunny, will fetch $100 and $200. 

Other items include a 1970 contract for a Jack Benny special ($400-$600), a signed color photograph with Blanc and President Ronald Reagan ($400-$600) and custom Cartier eyeglasses ($500-$700).

The auction will take place December 3. 

Set: A set of two original print black and white photographs of Mel Blanc in 1961 dressed up as the most famous cartoon character he voiced, Bugs Bunny, will fetch $100 and $200.

Set: A set of two original print black and white photographs of Mel Blanc in 1961 dressed up as the most famous cartoon character he voiced, Bugs Bunny, will fetch $100 and $200.

Contract: Other items include a 1970 contract for a Jack Benny special ($400-$600)

Contract: Other items include a 1970 contract for a Jack Benny special ($400-$600)

Photo: a signed color photograph with Blanc and President Ronald Reagan ($400-$600)

Photo: a signed color photograph with Blanc and President Ronald Reagan ($400-$600)

  

Custom: custom Cartier eyeglasses ($500-$700)

Custom: custom Cartier eyeglasses ($500-$700)

Academy: A group of nine membership cards from the AMPAS ranging in date from 1955 to 1981, all noting that Mel Blanc was a "Member in Good Standing." Blanc signed five either in blue ballpoint ink or black felt-tip ink on the lower margins ($1,000-$2,000)

Academy: A group of nine membership cards from the AMPAS ranging in date from 1955 to 1981, all noting that Mel Blanc was a “Member in Good Standing.” Blanc signed five either in blue ballpoint ink or black felt-tip ink on the lower margins ($1,000-$2,000)

SAG: A group of 22 Screen Actors Guild cards spanning 40 years, from 1947 to 1987, with five signed in either blue or black ballpoint ink "Mel J. Blanc" ($1,000-$2,000)

SAG: A group of 22 Screen Actors Guild cards spanning 40 years, from 1947 to 1987, with five signed in either blue or black ballpoint ink “Mel J. Blanc” ($1,000-$2,000)

Jewish cardss: A group of 14 membership cards ranging in date from 1950 to 1959 for various Jewish organizations to which Mel Blanc belonged, including the Federation of Jewish Welfare Organizations, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Santa Monica Temple Association, The National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the American Friends of the Hebrew University, among a couple of others ($300-$500)

Jewish cardss: A group of 14 membership cards ranging in date from 1950 to 1959 for various Jewish organizations to which Mel Blanc belonged, including the Federation of Jewish Welfare Organizations, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Santa Monica Temple Association, The National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the American Friends of the Hebrew University, among a couple of others ($300-$500)

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