Oldest map to use word ‘America’ up for sale

The owners’ relatives only recently found it among his papers and took it to the auction house.

A world map in the form of a set of gores for a terrestrial globe, from 1507 by cartographer Martin Waldseemueller, is displayed at Christie’s auction rooms in London on Tuesday. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press)

A world map in the form of a set of gores for a terrestrial globe, from 1507 by cartographer Martin Waldseemueller, is displayed at Christie’s auction rooms in London on Tuesday. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press)

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