Vintage Disneyland concept map sells at auction for $708000

Hand-Drawn Disney Map Sets Auction Record

The 1953 artefact became the most lucrative Disneyland map when it went under the hammer for 708,000 dollars (£555,838) in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to the auctioneers.

That's why its no surprise that someone spent $708,000 on a hand-drawn map of Disneyland in California, conceived by none other than the MickeyMaster himself, Walt Disney. In addition to familiar features like Main Street, the perimeter train and the now iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, it depicts areas that never came to fruition, like Lilliputian Land.

The map, a pencil-and-ink drawing on paper, is roughly three by five feet.

"As we had expected, this extraordinary Disneyland map sold for an outstanding price today", said Van Eaton Galleries co-owner Mike Van Eaton in a statement.




The original, hand-drawn Disneyland concept art created by Walt Disney and the legendary artist Herb Ryman was the most talked about item on the auction list. Disney memorabilia collector Ron Clark, the map's previous owner, bought it from Curran 40 years ago.

"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 because it was the first thing to show and display what a theme park would look like", Curran was quoted as saying by "BBC News".

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