Carl Barks - Original Artwork to the Painting entitled "Hands Off My Playthings"
1975, Oil with brush applied to gessoed masonite, signed by the artist on the lower left margin with the Walt Disney copyright line, this is the sixteenth painting done by Carl Barks in 1975, it is the 106th painting of his career for his Walt Disney paintings, and it is the ninth money-bin painting. The money-bin paintings have always been at the top of the food-chain in the Carl Barks painting market from their very first inception, and it is well known that the artist did not want to do very many of them because of the tremendous labor involved in making every single gold coin look as realistic as possible. Carl was quoted in The Fine Art of Walt Disney's Donald Duck book as saying about the very first Money-Bin painting that he did
"Most people who see it sort of can't believe it's real." He went on to also say that another collector had seen the painting in his studio and said
"he would like very much to have it, and as asked me to ask you to put his name first on the list if you ever want to sell it. You can make a nice profit right away." Barks was commenting on the simple fact that as soon as these particular paintings were done there was an already existing market that far outstripped his ability to supply for the demand. Years later when Diamond Comic Gallery owner Steve Geppi hosted the first Retrospective Exhibit of Carl's paintings at the Diamond Comics Gallery in Baltimore Maryland with a lavish special dinner and opening to honor Carl, the artist found himself surrounded by a host of collectors. During the course of the evening one of those collectors asked Carl what were his favorite that he had done (for here he was surrounded by 90% of his entire output, which had never been seen at one time in one location before at any time). He commented that he had many favorites, but his favorite money-bin painting was "Hands Off My Playthings." This painting has changed hands between three collectors before coming to Bonham's & Butterfield's and it has never before been offered on the public market. In the opinion of the consultant this is the finest money-bin painting ever publicly offered at an auction house during the past twenty years. It is also one of the only money-bin paintings to ever enter the public market (usually they trade hands for thousands of dollars between private collectors), image size is 16 1/4 x 20 1/4", condition is Excellent, the margins have been cleaned by a professional restorer for Bonham's at the request of the client to remove some very small (1/16") sections of wood slivers that had adhered to the painting surface during the course of its time spent in the wooden gilt frame that it was put into by Carl Barks, there was no paint removed for this cleaning, matted and framed in its original wooden gold gilt painted frame.