The original hand-inked and hand-coloured presentation map of Disneyland sold for $600,000 Dollars at an auction in Los Angeles.
While hand-drawn maps are no longer the norm, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, as the company is now known, still creates artistic renderings for additions to its theme parks, including the upcoming 14-acre "Star Wars" land expansion, due in 2019. According to PTI, a former production assistant at Disney, Grenade Curran had found the map at Walt Disney's office in 1955 and took it home. Disney and artist Herb Ryman drew the map in 1953 over just one weekend.
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.
At an auction in Los Angeles over the weekend the map fetched $708,000 (approx €634,000).
The final price was $708,000, a record for a Disney map and among the most expensive Disneyland items ever sold on the open market. ABC agreed to fund the amusement park, and the map was used in other meetings with investors and developers. Almost 1,000 iconic Disney artifacts were up on the auction block at Van Eaton Galleries.
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Disneyland attracted 17.9 million visitors in 2016.