Disneyland map sketched by Walt Disney fetches over USD 700K

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

The hand-drawn and coloured document was created by Walt Disney and his artist Herb Ryman in an effort to win funding for the lavish amusement park in the early 1950s.

Walt Disney with his development team during the early stages of designing the park in 1954, Image: Van Eaton Galleries.

The price set a record for a Disney map and was among the highest ever paid for a piece of Disney ephemera at auction, organisers said.

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California was the first Disney park, and since opening over 60 years ago has welcomed some 650 million visitors.

According to Van Eaton Galleries, which sold the map yesterday, the drawing was "used Walt and Roy Disney to secure the financing they needed in order to build the park".

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This is only the second time the Disneyland map has been sold. Several similar maps have been auctioned in the past, but this version was in collector Ron Clark's possession for 40 years before he made a decision to sell the piece.

"We are beyond thrilled that the map will continue to be appreciated and cherished just like it has been for all these years".

"I kept it for history's sake, I kept it for Walt's artistic stake, I kept it because it was the first thing to show and display. what a theme park would look like", Curran said.

The weekend auction featured almost 1,000 other iconic Disney artefacts.

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