June 29, 2022

Kiki’s Delivery Service production cell up for auction at Heritage

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Some films are like a breath of fresh air in a bustling crowd – the reprieve is refreshing and makes you grateful you had it, however fleeting. In the hustle and bustle of the film industry, especially when it comes to animation, Studio Ghibli’s work is exactly like that. This includes the 1989 classic very well Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Heritage auctionsa Dallas, Texas-based auction house that primarily sells comic books, video games, trading cards and other collectibles has put up a rare production cel of Kiki’s Delivery Service at auction. Potential bidders have until 9:50 a.m. Central time (or 10:50 a.m. Eastern time) on Friday, June 25 to place a bid on this beautiful production cellulo.

The production cel of the masterful 1989 animated film Kiki's Delivery Service by Studio Ghibli.  This item is currently available for auction on the Heritage Auctions website.
The production cel of the masterful 1989 animated film Kiki’s Delivery Service by Studio Ghibli. This item is currently available for auction on the Heritage Auctions website.

From the auction list for this item on the Heritage Auctions website:

“Go Kiki, go Kiki, go Kiki, go!” Kiki’s friends cheer her on as she begins her first flight in her adventure to find her purpose. When her oversized broom doesn’t fully respond, she gives it a small smack that suddenly makes it spring into the air, catching her off guard. An incredibly memorable moment since the beginning of Hayao Miyazakithe masterpiece Kiki’s Delivery Service, This original hand-painted production cel can be seen at 7:11 into the film, as seen on HBO Max. Kiki’s Delivery Service is a definitive Studio Ghibli classic, with powerful themes for overcoming self-doubt during the difficult transition to adulthood and self-realization. A gorgeous image featuring the eponymous Kiki, her cat Jiji, her radio and her broomstick, this piece is loaded with iconic imagery and is an ideal piece for Studio Ghibli collectors. The image measures 9″ x 4.75″ centered on the 13.75″ x 9″ cel, and the piece is numbered B39C in the upper right corner. The cellulo shows minor handling and edge wear from normal studio use, and the condition is very good.

a fuller view of the production cel of Kiki's Delivery Service, an iconic animated film from Studio Ghibli.  This item is currently up for auction on the Heritage Auctions website.
a more complete view of the production cell from Kiki’s Delivery Service, an iconic animated film from Studio Ghibli. This item is currently up for auction on the Heritage Auctions website.

If you’d like to place a bid on this iconic animated scene captured in a single production cel, remember you have until Friday, June 25 at 9:50 a.m. Central Time or 10:50 a.m. Eastern Time, to do it. You can find the auction list on the Heritage Auctions website by clicking here. Good luck!

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