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Original Disneyland map sells for record price

Original Disneyland map sells for record price”

It was made for Roy Disney, Walt's brother, to bring to NY as a main presentation piece in order to get the funding needed to build the theme park.

FILE In this April 28, 2017, file photo art dealer Mike Van Eaton stands next to a hand-drawn map from 1953 that shows Walt Disney's original ideas for Disneyland displayed at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.

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Disney and artist Herb Ryman drew the map in one weekend in 1953 and used it to secure funding for the park, which opened in July 1955.

It had been hidden away for more than 60 years after the cartoonist gave it to a production assistant named Grenade Curran.

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Auctioneer co-owner Mike Van Eaton said the map was created over a single weekend. While the map didn't quite make its high estimate, it did set the record for the "most expensive Disneyland map ever sold", according to the house. Several similar maps have been auctioned in the past, but this version was in collector Ron Clark's possession for 40 years before he chose to sell the piece. After some pretty exciting bidding the map sold for $708,000.

It was auctioned by Van Eaton Galleries on behalf of collector, Ron Clark, who acquired it from a former Disney employee 40 years ago. "It's a very important piece in Disneyland history", he said.

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