In a TV show I watch, a plot point revolved around the provenance of a family’s “treasured family heirloom.” A man claimed to have in possession a sketch of Mickey Mouse, hand-drawn by Walt Disney. The man claims that his great-grandfather picked up a hitchhiker outside Modesto one night in the early 1920’s, and the hitchhiker, lacking money, thanked his driver by sketching a cartoon for him. The man was Walt Disney, and the sketch was an early version of Mickey Mouse.
Although in the show the question of whether or not the sketch was a real Disney was a plot point, assume for this thought experiment that it could verifiably be proved, by an art historian or assessor or whatever, that the sketch was real. It is framed and in near-mint condition, drawn on the back of a diner napkin, which was itself approximately 155 square centimeters.
So what would such a thing be worth? I’m guessing that, sentimentally, it would be priceless. But from an art collection standpoint it wouldn’t be worth more than a few hundred bucks.
Any art collectors/historians/assessors want to correct me?
*ETA: I chose 1923 as the approximate year because that is when Walt Disney moved from Kansas City to California. Whether or not he ever hitchhiked outside of Modesto I’ll just leave to the imagination.