At an auction in Los Angeles, Walt Disney’s Disneyland presentation map was sold for a whopping $708,000. But it has not been revealed who the buyer is. The auction featured nearly 1,000 other iconic, exceptional Disney artifacts.
“As we had expected, this extraordinary Disneyland map sold for an outstanding price. After some pretty exciting bidding, the map sold for $708,000,” said Mike Van Eaton, Co-Owner of Van Eaton Galleries. “We are beyond thrilled that the map will continue to be appreciated and cherished just like it has been for all these years,” he added.
Though it fell short of the $900,000 it was expected to fetch, it’s still believed to be the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold.
The highly anticipated Walt Disney’s Disneyland auction was held by Van Eaton Galleries on June 25, 2017.
The original map, created by Walt Disney and Herb Ryman, was instrumental in securing the initial funding for Disneyland in 1953.
For over 60 years, Disneyland has influenced popular culture and built generations of loyal fans. The auction was devoted to the history of Disneyland and featured rare and remarkable items from some of the finest collections in the world including Walt Disney’s original 1953 Disneyland map.
Fashion highlights at the auction included a rare Haunted Mansion hitchhiking ghost animatronic shirt, a Walt Disney World Railroad Conductor costume, Haunted Mansion costume, Indiana Jones Adventure female and male wardrobe designs, a Star Tours male costume, a Tiki Room cast member blouse and Walt Disney World Guest Relations costume among many other things.
Other highlights included an original ride vehicle from Autopia, an original model of Michael Jackson from the Captain EO attraction, an extremely rare poster from the Grand Opening of the Haunted Mansion attraction, a rare original poster from the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction, a section of carpet from Walt Disney’s apartment in Disneyland and an extremely rare opening-day Disneyland Guide Book signed by Walt Disney.
Also up for auction were vintage park souvenirs, original signs, contracts, magazines and memorabilia from the earliest of days of the Disneyland Parks.