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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2017 3:57 p.m. PST

"The first map of Disneyland, created in a single frenetic weekend of 1953 by Walt Disney and Disney artist Herb Ryman, sold at a Van Eaton Galleries auction in Los Angeles on Sunday for $708,000. USD That's on the low-end of the $700,000 USD to $900,000 USD pre-sale estimate some breathless reports before the auction suggested the price could top $1 USD million but it still sets a record for the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold, even though it's not an actual map of the real life Disneyland.

The map was created to use in a pitch to a potential investor, the television studio ABC which was then just five years old. Walt Disney's idea for a theme park nestled in the orange groves of Anaheim, California, sounded like a cockamamie scheme to most money people and Walt and his brother Roy were repeatedly turned down. Walt was so convinced this was a winning idea that he refinanced his home to raise money for the enterprise, but it wasn't anywhere near enough. Construction of Disneyland would cost $17 USD million and to convinced financial types to invest that kind of money, Walt realized he needed to create a visual representation of his idea so they could get it without having to use their limited imaginations…"

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