Hand-Drawn Disney Map Sets Auction Record

Company founder Walt Disney and artist Herb Ryman created the blueprint for the park over one legendary 1953 weekend.
Courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries

And you thought park tickets were expensive. 

A one-of-kind map of Disneyland, hand-drawn by Walt Disney himself, sold at auction for a record amount, auctioneers Van Eaton Galleries said Sunday.

The final price was $708,000, a record for a Disney map and among the most expensive Disneyland items ever sold on the open market.

Disney and artist Herb Ryman drew the map in 1953 — in just one weekend — as a presentation for investors for the then-in-the-planning park, which opened July 17, 1955.

Collector Ron Clark acquired the map about 40 years ago from a former Disney employee.

The sale was part of a wider Disney auction at Van Eaton Galleries.