America's First National Map "Abel Buell's Monumental Wall Map of 1784" has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000. (9 of 9)
A New and Correct Map of the United States of North America Layd Down from the Latest Observations and Best Authorities Agreeable to the Peace of 1783. Humbly Inscribed to his Excellency the Governor and Company of the State of Connecticut By their Most Obedient and Very Humble Servant Abel Buell. New Haven: Abel Buell, 1784.
Hand-colored engraved map on four joined sheets, image 1094 x 1228 mm (43 x 48¼ inches), sheet 1152 x 1286 mm (45¼ x 50¾ inches). (Some small losses at sheet edges, a few small holes affecting some letters, a few other repairs.) Archivally mounted, matted and framed. Provenance: William L. Dayton (1807-1864), Senator from New Jersey and Minister Plenipotentiary to France under Abraham Lincoln, purchased in Paris, 1862 and given to; The New Jersey Historical Society. Pre-sale estimate: $500,000 to $700,000. THE BUELL MAP SOLD FOR $2,098,500 MILLION (including buyer's premium), SETTING A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR A MAP SOLD AT AUCTION.Christie's 01/12/10