Walt Disney's Disneyland presentation map fetches US$708000 at auction

Wendy Jensen
June 28, 2017

The map was drawn in 1953, when Walt Disney used it to try and secure funding for the venture after his own studio refused to cough up.

A hand-drawn map that shows Walt Disney's original ideas for Disneyland has sold at auction for US$708,000 (NZ$973,062).

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The two artists created the map over the space of a weekend in September 1953 so that Walt's brother, Roy Disney could present the concept to potential backers in NY.

Van Eaton Galleries co-owner Mike Eaton said: "After some pretty exciting bidding the map sold for 708,000 dollars, making it the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold".

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The map was sketched for collecting funds for the construction of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California.

The first Disneyland Resort was built in Anaheim, California, on a 100-acre vehicle park site. 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.

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It had been hidden away for more than 60 years after the cartoonist gave it to a production assistant named Grenade Curran. Then 40 years ago, collector Ron Clark bought it from Curran. The park has had a footfall of 650 million visitors in its long history and was reported the third most-visited theme park in the world, according to BBC.

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