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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 Globes bearing outdated political boundaries are also collectible relics.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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Gemstone/ Mineral Inlay Globe On Brass Stand
Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
Gemstone/ Mineral Inlay Globe On Brass Stand
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
GLASS GLOBE, SM. TREE LOGHTER AND ASH TRAYS
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
GLASS GLOBE, SM. TREE LOGHTER AND ASH TRAYS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Miniature globe. Newton's New & Improved Terrestrial Globe, Published by Newton & Son, circa 1860
Jul 24, 10:00 AM BST
Miniature globe. Newton's New & Improved Terrestrial Globe, Published by Newton & Son, circa 1860
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5001 Bid
Vintage (1970's) Replogle 12" Diameter Globe World Classic Series on Wood Base
Jul 26, 9:00 AM CDT
Vintage (1970's) Replogle 12" Diameter Globe World Classic Series on Wood Base
by Western Sportsman
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Celestial globe by Charles Dien, 1840
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CEST
Celestial globe by Charles Dien, 1840
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2001 Bid
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MINIATURE IVORY TERRESTRIAL GLOBE SUNDIAL 19th Century Height 3.75".
Aug 09, 9:30 AM EDT
MINIATURE IVORY TERRESTRIAL GLOBE SUNDIAL 19th Century Height 3.75".
by Eldred's
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
A French 12in terrestrial globe,
Jul 30, 10:00 AM BST
A French 12in terrestrial globe,
by Sworders
Est: £500- £700
£4000 Bids
Bronze and Silver World Globe
Aug 13, 9:00 PM EDT
Bronze and Silver World Globe
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $250- $350
$1500 Bids
Zinnglobus, 20. Jh.
Jul 26, 1:00 PM CEST
Zinnglobus, 20. Jh.
by Kunstauktionshaus Schlosser
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
RAND MCNALLY TERRESTRIAL LIBRARY GLOBE.
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
RAND MCNALLY TERRESTRIAL LIBRARY GLOBE.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Black 12" Diameter Replogle Globe by Globemaster. Black Globe w/Metal Base
Jul 25, 9:00 AM CDT
Black 12" Diameter Replogle Globe by Globemaster. Black Globe w/Metal Base
by Western Sportsman
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Alter Globus, JRO München, 1960/70er Jahre, Gebrauchsspuren, h 45 cm, d 34 cm.
Jul 28, 10:00 AM CEST
Alter Globus, JRO München, 1960/70er Jahre, Gebrauchsspuren, h 45 cm, d 34 cm.
by Auktionshaus Lion Zadick
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
Large globe by Emile Bertaux, 50 cm diameter
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CEST
Large globe by Emile Bertaux, 50 cm diameter
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €5,000- €6,000
€3,0000 Bids
Large illuminated globe from the 50s
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CEST
Large illuminated globe from the 50s
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€8000 Bids
Great pair of terrestrial and celestial globes from the Italian 1940s
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CEST
Great pair of terrestrial and celestial globes from the Italian 1940s
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €9,000- €10,000
€5,0000 Bids
An antique-style vintage desk globe, in "a/f" condition, on a metal stand with a timber base.
Aug 02, 11:00 AM AEST
An antique-style vintage desk globe, in "a/f" condition, on a metal stand with a timber base.
by Because Auctions
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD200 Bids
A Illuminated Globe, crack to base, & Monkey Lamp missing one monkey
Jul 26, 6:00 PM AEST
A Illuminated Globe, crack to base, & Monkey Lamp missing one monkey
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD150 Bids
Black and Bronze Earth World Globe
Aug 19, 7:00 PM EDT
Black and Bronze Earth World Globe
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $250
$1200 Bids
Bronze and Silver World Globe
Aug 19, 7:00 PM EDT
Bronze and Silver World Globe
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $250- $350
$1800 Bids
Gold and Silver Earth Globe
Aug 19, 7:00 PM EDT
Gold and Silver Earth Globe
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $250- $350
$1800 Bids
A collection of six terrestrial globes
Aug 01, 10:00 AM PDT
A collection of six terrestrial globes
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
FARQUHAR TRANSPARENT GLOBE
Aug 09, 12:00 PM EDT
FARQUHAR TRANSPARENT GLOBE
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Fine Pair of John and William Cary Regency 21-Inch Terrestrial and Celestial Globes
Aug 03, 9:30 AM EDT
Fine Pair of John and William Cary Regency 21-Inch Terrestrial and Celestial Globes
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $35,000- $45,000
$30,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Globes


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