Walt Disney original Disneyland presentation map was just sold for $708,000 at an auction in Los Angeles. The buyer is unknown. It was created by Walt Disney and Herb Ryman in order to secure the initial funding for Disneyland in 1953. “As we had expected, this extraordinary Disneyland map sold for a stupendous price. After some pretty electrifying bidding, the map sold for $708,000,” Mike Van Eaton, Co-Owner of Van Eaton Galleries commented. “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.
An imaginative and an incomparable creative thinker, Walt Disney was inspired to put together his theme park after spending some treasured and loving moments with his daughters. Each tiny detail of costumes was part of the show and the storyline. Also, Walt Disney had crazy fun creating some of the enchantingly dazzling magical costumes in theme park history. Entrance of turn-of-the-century Main Street brings inexplicable Disneyland adventures. The vivid colours and whimsical designs are woven into them.
Since six decades, Disneyland fiercely influenced culture and shaped generations of loyal fans. This auction was devoted to the history of Disneyland and featured extraordinary and striking items from some of the premium collections in the world including Walt Disney’s original 1953 Disneyland map. In its nearly thousand unique artefacts, there was Haunted Mansion hitchhiking ghost animatronics 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 as fashion highlights.
Other popular ones were a vehicle from Autopia, model of Michael Jackson from the Captain EO attraction, an extremely rare poster from the Grand Opening of the Haunted Mansion attraction and Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction, a section of carpet from Walt Disney’s apartment in Disneyland and a really odd 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.