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Saturday 16 December 2017

Original Disneyland map sells at auction for £556,000

Auction house co-owner Mike Van Eaton with the first colour drawing of Disneyland (Van Eaton Galleries/AP)
Auction house co-owner Mike Van Eaton with the first colour drawing of Disneyland (Van Eaton Galleries/AP)

A hand-drawn map that shows Walt Disney's original ideas for Disneyland has sold at auction for 708,000 US dollars (£556,000).

A private collector cast the winning bid, the founder of Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles said.

It is the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold, Mike Van Eaton said.

Walt Disney commissioned an illustrator to create the map in 1953 to drum up interest and investments in his new amusement park concept.

Many of the ideas shown on the map became realities when Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, in 1955.

Utah resident and Disney collector Ron Clark owned the map for more than 40 years and dreamed of it being returned to Disneyland.

The name of the American collector who bought the map was not revealed.

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