Hand-Drawn Disney Map Sets Auction Record

28 June, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Disneyland’s first colour map fetches £556,000 at auction

The original hand-inked and hand-coloured presentation map of Disneyland sold for $600,000 Dollars at an auction in Los Angeles.

Disney's own studio refused to fund his first site in Anaheim, California, so he sent his brother Roy to meet investors in NY.

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".

And you thought park tickets were expensive.

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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.

It had been hidden away for more than 60 years after the cartoonist gave it to a production assistant named Grenade Curran. While a respectable sum, it fell short of the $750,000 to $1 million that Los Angeles-based auction house Van Eaton Galleries estimated. Disney memorabilia collector Ron Clark, the map's previous owner, bought it from Curran 40 years ago.

Mike Eaton, owner of Van Eaton Galleries in LA which held the auction told BBC, "After some pretty exciting bidding the map sold for United States dollars 708,000, making it the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold". "It's a very important piece in Disneyland history", he said. "That an artefact like this, which is so deeply rooted in the creation of Disneyland, still exists today is astonishing", Eaton added.

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