Walt Disney’s hand-drawn map of Disneyland could fetch $1M at auction

The map (credit: Van Eaton Galleries)

Attention Disney fans with deep pockets! A map of Disneyland that was hand-drawn by Walt Disney himself in 1953 is going to hit the auction block on June 25th. And it could fetch between $750,000-$1 million.

“That an artifact like this, which is so deeply rooted in the creation of Disneyland, still exists today is astonishing,” an owner of the auction house Van Eaton Gallery said in a statement. He referred to the drawing as “the most valuable Disneyland artifact ever offered at auction.”

Disney and his friend Herb Ryman hand-drew the map over a weekend, when they were rushing to secure funding to build Disneyland. The map hung in Disney’s office, until one day when an employee, Grenade Curran, asked Disney if he could have it and Disney agreed.

The current owner is Ron Clark, a “Disneyana collector,” who bought it 40 years ago from Curran. The map shows some areas of the park that have been built, such as a train ride around the perimeter, and some that never were, like “Lilliputian Land.” [NYT]