Frank Follmer worked at Walt Disney Studios from the late 1930’s through the early 1940's, on projects such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, and Fantasia. These works of art, which were done early in his career, came from the collection of his daughter. A signed certificate, by Frank Follmer’s Daughter, accompanies each piece of art.
Follmer has an excellent command of the human form in motion. His work illustrates the platonic ideal of masculinity in his choice of both subject matter and its venue. Most of these paintings highlight the male body in its most exalted form. The artistic style is similar to other art done in this time period that would appear in print media like the Saturday Evening Post or Boy’s Life. The colors and rendering are extremely evocative of the era.
Pan Pacific International Exposition
The Pan Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), was a World's Fair held in 1915, in San Francisco, California. This fair marked the completion of the Panama Canal, which historically connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The event was held between February 20 to December 4, 1915, attracting millions of visitors worldwide.
After the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, the city wanted to showcase its recovery and resilience as well as celebrate the creation of the Panama Canal. The PPIE celebrated art, architecture, scientific innovations, and the cultures of the other participating countries.
Notable attractions include the Palace of Fine Arts which is still standing to this day, and others such as the Tower of Jewels, the Tower of the Sun, and an amusement park called the Joy Zone.
This collection came from a long term Northern California collector and contractor named Bill Ballas who is well known in the PPIE community.
Lots 1 - 51 and Lots 244 - 255
These came from a Pacific Heights collector in San Francisco, CA.
There are both model and toy cars featured in this auction. We have BMW art cars by artists such as Warhol, Koons, Calder and Stella. There are model sports, concept, tether and classic cars. There are also model kits and lots that are entire cases of Hot Wheels
Lots 127 -135
These rare and antique books are leatherbound and many are from the 1600’s. Some titles include: "The Bay of San Francisco : The Metropolis of the Pacific Coast and its Suburban Cities: A History." which is a 1st edition. There is “The King's Book”, also subtitled, "The Pourtracture of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings," which is a miniature edition allowing it to be easily concealed. There is “A Short Relation of the River Nile, of its Source and Current; of its Overflowing the Campagnia of Ægypt, till it Runs Into the Mediterranean; and of Other Curiosities,” which was written by an eye-witness who lived many years in the chief Kingdoms of the Abyssine Empire.