Maps and Atlases

The Rare Maps department at Forum Auctions has long enjoyed catering to cartographically curious collectors around the world. In a time of over-reliance on GPS, SatNav and digital directions it is unsurprising perhaps that the market for Rare Maps, both of antiquity and the more modern era, has seen a upsurge of interest in recent years.

Our Specialists have many years of experience in the field of collectable cartography and are available to provide valuations and advise best path to market for any maps you may have, as well as advise on probate and insurance valuations for single items or collections. Please view the Experts section below for more information.


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What makes an old Map rare and valuable?
Antique maps can often be defined as rare and valuable based on several factors that collectors and historians consider. The key elements that contribute to the rarity and value of old maps include age, the importance of the cartographer or (if printed) printer/publisher, the historical significance of subject at the time of the map's creation, condition and, where relevant, provenance. Other aspects to factor in are the size of the map, the colouring (in terms of presence, age and quality), overall aesthetic appeal and in some cases topicality.

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