This pair of full-size library globes was the pick of more than 800 lots from a Pembrokeshire country house sold by Carmarthen firm Peter Francis.
Offered across two sales, the collection
helped make March a record month for the auctioneers.
Offered as part of an antiques and fine art
sale on March 26, the terrestrial and celestial globes stood 3ft
9in (1.14m) high and had papers by J.&W. Cary of The Strand
The mahogany stands were missing the
original compasses (typically inset to the tripod bases) but
crucial to their commercial success was their large size - each
globe measuring 18in (47cm) in diameter.
Expected to bring between £15,000-25,000,
they sold to a local buyer bidding in the room on behalf of a
client for £50,000.
The buyer's premium was 20%.