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December 21, 2023

BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- Inside a hidden lot in Burbank, you will find Ron Lee Art Casting, a large warehouse that manufactured thousands of sculptures and figurines, all created by the beloved artist, Ron Lee.

"I'm very proud to have been a part of it. Not only did we create all this work, but we manufactured all of it over the years," said Jill Lee, owner of Ron Lee Art Casting.

Ron Lee was best known for his clown sculptures, but he also created popular collectibles for Disney like Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Ariel and for Warner Bros., like Bugs Bunny and Pepé le Pew.

Jill Lee says she and her husband were in business together for over 40 years, moving around to different cities.

"We started in Canoga Park. We went to Chatsworth, we went to Simi Valley, we went to Las Vegas for 15 years, back to Simi Valley and then for the last 14 years we've been here in Burbank," Lee said.

Lee took over the headquarters in Burbank in 2017 after Ron suddenly passed away from a stroke. She said business had been going great for the past six years, but now the era of Ron Lee art casting is coming to an end.

"We received a notice from our landlord. They sold the building and are going to put up apartment buildings," Lee said.

"I feel sad, but happy that I got to learn a lot of new things," said Denisse Santamaria, personal assistant for Ron Lee Art Casting.

Lee says she has to be out of the building by the end of July and everything is up for auction.


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