Rare Map Auction Record

Rare Map Sells for Record $1M at Auction

“By MICHAEL McDONOUGH
Associated Press Writer
June 8, 2005

LONDON – A nearly 500-year-old map from the first set to identify the New World as ‘America’ and depict the Pacific Ocean was sold Wednesday for a record $1 million, an auction house said.

The printed map, one of only four known surviving examples produced by a group working under German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller, was bought by Charles Frodsham and Co. Ltd., a company that makes, collects and deals in items ranging from clocks to maps and books, Christie’s auction house said.”

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