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A highlight of Van Eaton Galleries’ auction on June 25 is the first-ever map of Disneyland. It carries an estimate of $750,000-$1m. Photo credit: Van Eaton Galleries

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A highlight of the Van Eaton Galleries’ auction in Los Angeles is the first-ever map of Disneyland.

Auction house owner Mike Van Eaton said it is the “most valuable Disneyland artefact ever offered at auction” and gave it an estimate of $750,000-$1m.

The hand-drawn map by Walt Disney and artist Herb Ryman was created over a weekend in September 1953.

The map had to be completed quickly to be given to Walt's brother, Roy Disney, to take to New York for a presentation to get the financing needed to build the theme park.

Disneyland map

This Disneyland map is being sold by auctioneer Mike Van Eaton of Van Eaton Galleries. Photo credit: Van Eaton Galleries

Van Eaton is selling the map on behalf of Ron Clark, a Disneyana collector who bought it 40 years ago from a former Disney employee.

The map depicts areas of Disneyland that were not included in the final version such as Lilliputian Land.

The auction takes place on June 25.