Waldseemuller’s Map Goes for £545,600

An update. One of four surviving copies of Martin Waldseemuller’s 1507 map — the first to label the New World as “America” — went for £545,600 at auction at Christie’s today. See previous entry. It’s the most any map has fetched at an auction; the previous record was £125,000.

Update: See also CNN and the Daily Mirror.