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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 Globes bearing outdated political boundaries are also collectible relics.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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Globe
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Globe
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$604 Bids
2 Vintage World Globes - including 1 RandMark III with embossed surface.
Dec 08, 7:00 PM AEDT
2 Vintage World Globes - including 1 RandMark III with embossed surface.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
Mid Century Modern Repogel Standing Globe
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Mid Century Modern Repogel Standing Globe
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
ROMETTI CERAMICHE CERAMIC GLOBES
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
ROMETTI CERAMICHE CERAMIC GLOBES
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
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BLUE LAPIS WORLD GLOBE
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
BLUE LAPIS WORLD GLOBE
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $200- $400
$51 Bid
Osbourne & Allen Ltd-Large Semi-Precious Gemstone Globe & Compass Large 19 inch Edition £2k
Dec 11, 7:00 PM GMT
Osbourne & Allen Ltd-Large Semi-Precious Gemstone Globe & Compass Large 19 inch Edition £2k
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £500- £600
£5000 Bids
Natural Gemstone Blue Lapis Oceans Small Globe of the World
Dec 11, 7:00 PM GMT
Natural Gemstone Blue Lapis Oceans Small Globe of the World
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £75- £125
£700 Bids
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CHAD VALLEY, 1 PAAR KLEINE GLOBEN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
CHAD VALLEY, 1 PAAR KLEINE GLOBEN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF160
CHF1000 Bids
GLOBE DE BIBLIOTHÈQUE TERRESTRE DEDIE A S.M. LE ROI DE ROME AUX G
Dec 04, 2:00 PM CET
GLOBE DE BIBLIOTHÈQUE TERRESTRE DEDIE A S.M. LE ROI DE ROME AUX G
by Osenat
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€4,0000 Bids
FLOOR MODEL TERRESTRIAL GLOBE C. 1950 24" X 31" TALL
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
FLOOR MODEL TERRESTRIAL GLOBE C. 1950 24" X 31" TALL
by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
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Massive Gemstone Globe & Decor
Dec 17, 11:00 AM PST
Massive Gemstone Globe & Decor
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$200 Bids
Mid-century Erdglobus
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Mid-century Erdglobus
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
A terrestrial globe, published by J. Forest, Paris, circa 1900. In very poor condition.
Dec 12, 6:30 PM CET
A terrestrial globe, published by J. Forest, Paris, circa 1900. In very poor condition.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €20- €30
€200 Bids
2 TABLETOP WORLD GLOBES
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
2 TABLETOP WORLD GLOBES
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Globe G.Thomas, in papier mâché, stucco and lithography, Paris, 1915
Dec 13, 5:00 PM CET
Globe G.Thomas, in papier mâché, stucco and lithography, Paris, 1915
by Ansorena
Est: €540- €720
€3600 Bids
A Small Gemstone-Style Globe
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Small Gemstone-Style Globe
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Alaska Small Snow Water Globe
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Alaska Small Snow Water Globe
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Aluminum Telephone Globe
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Aluminum Telephone Globe
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Globe Forest h. 1935-40
Dec 14, 5:00 PM CET
Globe Forest h. 1935-40
by Subastas Segre
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
German globe by J. Corona Bustamante, Berlin ff. S. XIX. With anthropomorphic base
Dec 14, 5:00 PM CET
German globe by J. Corona Bustamante, Berlin ff. S. XIX. With anthropomorphic base
by Subastas Segre
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
OCEAN BLUE GEMSTONE WORLD GLOBE ON STAND 10"
Dec 06, 4:00 PM EST
OCEAN BLUE GEMSTONE WORLD GLOBE ON STAND 10"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $30- $50
$100 Bids
Replogle 16" "World Classic" Globe
Dec 06, 6:00 PM AWST
Replogle 16" "World Classic" Globe
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD250- AUD450
AUD2000 Bids

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