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Globes

Globes and maps remind people of places they have been, or the endless possibilities of places they may visit someday. Globes and maps have always been objects of artistic decor. As they are three dimensional, globes are sculptural works of art. Antique globes for sale at auction can realize prices from hundreds to millions of dollars.

Globes became popular around the 15th century and, like many antiques, were commissioned primarily for the wealthy. The composition of the perfect spherical map intrigued many scholars and scientists over the years, including Leonardo da Vinci. Globes were made of many different materials over the centuries. During the Georgian era, tiny pocket globes were popular and had their own lined luxury carrying cases. Some globes were sized to rest on tables, while larger models stood on bases on the floor. Valuable antique globes from Europe crafted by masters such as Blaeu, Vincenzo Coronelli, Gerardus Mercator, and Charles-Francois Delamarche are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 1879, Juvet’s "Time Globe" was created, which rotated every 24 hours and could be oriented by the use of a compass in its base.

Antique globes are particularly collectible for the geographical errors that distinguish them from accurate modern representations of the world. They are artful icons of a world that had not yet been fully explored. Globes bearing outdated political boundaries are also collectible relics.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest-known globe to feature the New World was found by an Austrian collector in 2013. The globe is dated 1504 and is comprised of detailed engravings on two conjoined halves of ostrich eggs
  • A 1731 "New Globe of the Earth" pocket globe made by Richard Cushee in London sold for $18,750 at a 2014 Bonhams auction
  • A rare Dutch terrestrial table globe and celestial table globe by Gerard and Leonard Valk made in the first half of the 18th century sold at a January 2016 Sotheby's auction for $72,500

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Decorative Replogie 12inch world globe
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Decorative Replogie 12inch world globe
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD605 Bids
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RED YARD GLOBE WITH PLASTER BASE
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
RED YARD GLOBE WITH PLASTER BASE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$125 Bids
Old French cast bronze car mascot figure of Atlas with the globe on his shoulders, approx 16cm H
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Old French cast bronze car mascot figure of Atlas with the globe on his shoulders, approx 16cm H
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD503 Bids
Sinclair Ethyl gas pump globe
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Sinclair Ethyl gas pump globe
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $400- $800
$2602 Bids
7 COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION STERLING SPOONS * TIFFANY
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
7 COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION STERLING SPOONS * TIFFANY
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$902 Bids
MINERAL GLOBE
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
MINERAL GLOBE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $150
$302 Bids
Standard Oil Gold gas crown globe
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Standard Oil Gold gas crown globe
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $300- $600
$2102 Bids
Dietz New York Central Railroad Double Guard No. 6 w/ Red Cast Globe
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Dietz New York Central Railroad Double Guard No. 6 w/ Red Cast Globe
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$401 Bid
Group of Four Handlan Colored Globes
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Group of Four Handlan Colored Globes
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
Six Handlan and Kopp Colored Globes / Lenses
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Six Handlan and Kopp Colored Globes / Lenses
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $50- $90
$201 Bid
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Globus in Metallgestell, teilw. Halbedelsteineinlagen
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Globus in Metallgestell, teilw. Halbedelsteineinlagen
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€601 Bid
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Sternhimmel-Globus, beleuchtbar
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Sternhimmel-Globus, beleuchtbar
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€51 Bid
Standard oil crown globe
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Standard oil crown globe
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $240- $500
$1201 Bid
atlas in earth globe box, Germany
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
atlas in earth globe box, Germany
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
Globe, Germany, early 20th centur
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Globe, Germany, early 20th centur
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Earth globe, end of 19th century,
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Earth globe, end of 19th century,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
A FINE STAR GLOBE BY KELVIN & HUGHES LTD FOR EPOCH, 1975
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A FINE STAR GLOBE BY KELVIN & HUGHES LTD FOR EPOCH, 1975
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
GRP inc J Rosenthal Toys Thunderbirds Water
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
GRP inc J Rosenthal Toys Thunderbirds Water
by Vectis Auctions Ltd
Est: £20- £30
£100 Bids
Globe, beginning of 20th century,
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Globe, beginning of 20th century,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2200 Bids
Heymann, L.J. Earth globe, wooden
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Heymann, L.J. Earth globe, wooden
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
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BRONWYN OLIVER, LUNAR, 2001
Nov 10, 7:00 PM AEDT
BRONWYN OLIVER, LUNAR, 2001
by Deutscher and Hackett
Est: AUD65,000- AUD85,000
AUD65,0000 Bids
Burlington Route / CB&Q Railroad CNX Red 5 3/8" Globe
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Burlington Route / CB&Q Railroad CNX Red 5 3/8" Globe
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $80- $150
$400 Bids
Kansas City Southern Railroad CNX Red 5 3/8" Globe
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Kansas City Southern Railroad CNX Red 5 3/8" Globe
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $80- $150
$400 Bids
Framed Rapid City, Black Hills & Western Railroad Company $500 Gold Bond From 1909
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Framed Rapid City, Black Hills & Western Railroad Company $500 Gold Bond From 1909
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $50- $80
$200 Bids

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