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Original Disneyland map is up for auction

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Sometimes the map leads to buried treasure, but in this case, it is the map itself that is worth a fortune.

For Disney collectors, this just might be the Treasure of the Sierra Madre, on one sheet of paper.

Van Eaton Galleries, one of the world’s premier animation and Disneyana auction houses, has announced a rediscovered original map of Disneyland co-created by Walt Disney himself when the park was still in its earliest days of inception. The exceptional artifact has never been offered at auction before and has not been viewed by the public in over 60 years. This map was pivotal in obtaining the finances Walt and his brother Roy needed to make their dream a reality, and is the single most significant piece of Disneyland memorabilia to come to auction to date.

This map, the highlight of an approximately 800-item auction of original Disneyland props, costumes, souvenirs, and artifacts, is estimated to sell for $750,000-$1,000,000, making it the most valuable Disneyland artifact ever offered at auction.

Van Eaton Galleries, a now veteran of Disneyland and Disney-themed auctions including their “The Story of Disneyland” and “Collecting Disney” auctions, has seen prior items such as an original PeopleMover ride vehicle sell for upwards of $400,000, but has never seen a piece as significant to Disneyland history as this original map.

Mike Van Eaton, co-owner of Van Eaton Galleries, says, “That an artifact like this, which is so deeply rooted in the creation of Disneyland, still exists today is astonishing. With the discovery of this piece, we have an item that Walt Disney created during a 48 hour period of hard work and imaginative genius, which succeeded in getting him the funding he needed to build one of the most successful endeavors of his career, and which he continued to personally use throughout the entire building stages of Disneyland. Without this map, there would likely not be a Disneyland today. We’re very excited to be bringing this item to auction and to have the chance to share the story behind this map with the millions of people who love Disneyland just as Walt originally wanted”.

The auction is set to take place June 2017 at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California, with an exhibition in May where the public can view the items in person. Van Eaton Galleries is one of the world’s leading original animation art and collectibles galleries.

The gallery is located in Sherman Oaks, California and specializes in unique original animation artwork as well as Disney and Disneyland memorabilia. Established in 1994, the gallery offers distinct collections from the world of animation and special exhibits and events for collectors, fans and guests from around the globe. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Van Eaton Galleries has exhibited such collections as The Story of Disneyland, Collecting Disney, and The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, and has offered animation artwork from studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Hanna-Barbera, Don Bluth and many others. For more information, visit