Animation stars align in ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ auction for artist Jamie Baker
Unique catalogue of animation memorabilia up for auction to help recovery of much-loved storyboard artist
Animation junkies will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid on an amazing catalogue of more than 150 items of unique art, props and other movie memorabilia in a one-off celebrity auction to benefit artist and storyboard artist Jamie Baker, who suffered a massive stroke on the left-side of his brain, which left the right side of his body paralyzed.
The auction, to be held online, opens Friday November 8th at 12 noon Pacific US time, and concludes Sunday, November 17th. It is spearheaded by Kung Fu Panda Director John Stevenson, and features the work from a cast of animation and literary royalty, including Bud Luckey, Weta’s Greg Broadmore, Neil Gaiman, Henry Selick, Brian Froud, Peter Chung, Carter Goodrich and many others.
The auction will take place at http://stores.ebay.com/jamiebakerbenefitauction/ The items up for grabs can be viewed online at https://www.facebook.com/jamiebakerauction/ prior to the auction.
Story concept artist friends of Jamie’s from Pixar, Dreamworks, Weta, Sony Animation and Laika are donating their art to help raise money for their beloved co-worker. In addition, donated items including books, animation cells, specially-created one-off artwork, posters, signed scripts, sculptures and the ‘piece de resistance,’ a two foot tall cherry blossom tree set piece from the Oscar nominated film, Coraline, signed by author Gaiman, will be sure to excite collectors from around the world.
“For an artist to lose the ability not just to express themself, but simply to work, to create, to earn an income, is devastating,” commented John Stevenson. “The transient nature of the movie business often overlooks benefits such as healthcare that many of us take for granted. To come together with peers and artists of the magnitude that we have shows the strength of the animation community and the love that exists for Jamie, who has given so much of himself to so many over the years.”
Australian native Jamie was the storyboard artist on an incredible reel of movies, including Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Hotel Transylvania, and Laika’s next production, Boxtrolls, as well as a host of other Pixar and Laika projects not yet released. He suffered the stroke on December 26 2012 and although Jamie’s prognosis is very good, the recovery is expected to be slow over the course of the next few years. Jamie is currently making steady progress with the support of his partner, Julia Lundman, at their home in San Francisco.
On Saturday November 9, 2013, Capital Capital will be hosting an Open House from 11 – 5 pm at 270 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA, www.capitalcapital.com. Roy Kissin, the owner of Capital Capital, was responsible for getting Jamie his first work visa in the US to work on the animated television series Back to the Future for Universal. Capital Capital is an obvious sponsor as they specialize in offering financial planning and wealth management to creative professionals.