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Globes from 1816 take £50,000 in Wales

09 April 2013Written by ATG Reporter

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 dated 1816.

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%.

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