“A RARE map of Australia that survived for more than 350 years is reshaping what we understand about early European exploration of our continent.
The rare 17th-Century wall map was rediscovered in a private home in Italy where it is believed to have remained since the late 19th-Century.
According to Sotheby’s, it is the very first map to call Australia “Nova Hollandia” and is “extremely rare”.
“The map is possibly one of two known surviving copies in this state. Its rarity and academic significance adds to the value,” Sotheby’s spokesperson for Books and Manuscripts, Cecilie Gasseholm, told news.com.au.
The circa-1659 creation is set to go under the hammer for a whopping estimated price of between $A320,000 — $400,000 under auction in London.
It is the first to put Tasmania on the map, quite literally, following the findings of Abel Janszoon Tasman during his explorations in 1642-1643 and 1644.”
A RARE map of Australia that survived for more than 350 years is reshaping what we understand about early European exploration of our continent.
“Meticulously cut by Steinmetz Diamonds over a period of nearly two years – a process in which the 132.50 carat rough was cast in epoxy more than 50 times in order to create models upon which the design team could experiment with different cuts -it was transformed into this spectacular 59.60 carat, fancy vivid pink, internally flawless oval cut gem – the largest internally flawless or flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded.”
“Of all fancy coloured pink diamonds, those graded ‘Fancy Vivid’ are the most precious and desirable. The current world auction record for a pink diamond is the Graff Pink, a superb 24.78 carat diamond which sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2010 for US$46.16 million. Weighing in at 59.60 carats and graded as Fancy Vivid, the Pink Star is twice the size.”
If you have a spare 80 mil you might be bidding against Bear if you like it or should I say your partner likes it. See you in Hong Kong LOL