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Vintage Disneyland concept map sells at auction for $708000

Vintage Disneyland concept map sells at auction for $708000

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.

Walt Disney had sketched the map in a hurry with his friend Herb Ryman on a weekend in September, 64 years ago.

Last month, we reported on the incredible hand-drawn Disneyland map and the fact that it was going up for auction. Still, it fell short of the predicted $900,000. What he created is "the first large, tangible visual representation of Disneyland ever created", according to Van Eaton Galleries, and it also became the public's first glimpse at what was going up in Anaheim.

At an auction in Los Angeles over the weekend the map fetched $708,000 (approx €634,000).

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He said: "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". It paid off, as the park opened just two years later on July 17th, 1955.

Mike Eaton, owner of Van Eaton Galleries in LA which held the auction told BBC, "After some pretty exciting bidding the map sold for Dollars 708,000, making it the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold".

Sunday's buyer was not revealed.

Disney co-founded an animation studio in 1923, which eventually grew into a feature film production studio with films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi and Cinderella. The auction featured almost one thousand other iconic, exceptional Disney artifacts.


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