Most Valuable Disney Auction Ever? The Original Hand-Drawn Map of Disneyland is For Sale


Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Disneyland? How about owning the very first piece of Disneyland?

In what is being called the most valuable Disneyland auction ever, the very first hand-drawn map of Disneyland is being sold. This is the map that Walt Disney had artist Herb Ryman draw up to show investors.

To put it simply, if this map did not exist, Disneyland might not exist. And if Disneyland did not exist, the Walt Disney Company as it is today would not exist.

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[Photo: Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press]

Why is Disney selling this?

They’re not. The map is from the personal collection of Disney collector Ron Clark, who obtained it decades ago from Grenade Curran, a former Disney employee. Apparently Walt just let Curran take it home as a keepsake from work.

Seriously, most people just take some pens or a mug. This guy took Disneyland.

The piece is expected to fetch between $750,000 to $1,000,000 at auction. And I’m seriously hoping that Disney pays whatever they have to to get it back, as it’s in incredibly, incredibly important piece of Walt’s legacy and Disney’s corporate history.

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The auction is being held on June 25 at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California. If you have a million or so bucks lying around, you might want to try your hand at securing this unique piece of Disney history.

[Source: NY Times]

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I've loved Disney as long as I can remember. As a former newspaper editor, web developer, and Disney comics freelancer, I'm able to combine that experience into writing about Disney online. I'm also the co-host of a Disney fan podcast called 'Pirates & Princesses.' Opinions mine.


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