A color map by Muhammad Al-Idrisi in an auction selling rare maps

Selling Rare Maps with Sotheby's

Maps & Atlases Consigned with Sotheby's

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Get Started with an Estimate

Wonder how much your map or atlas might be worth and how to sell it? Simply follow the steps below and Sotheby's will recommend the best approach for selling your item.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where should I sell my old map or atlas?
    Sotheby's has been selling maps and atlases since its founding in 1744, and our current-day specialists are distinguished experts in their field. When you submit your map for appraisal, you can be assured that our experts will provide you with the most accurate valuation based on their assessment of the international market. Our appraisal process is easy and confidential to ensure that you can quickly receive a map appraisal from our experts. When you are ready to sell, your dedicated specialist will help you navigate the auction consignment process to make it as seamless as possible.
  • How does Sotheby's determine how much my map is worth?
    Sotheby's specialists have decades of experience in appraising and identifying antique maps made by famous cartographers. Even without a signature, Sotheby's specialists can sometimes attribute old maps to renowned map makers. Simply submit clear photographs of the front and back of your map or atlas and our specialists will carefully review the item and determine its value. Specialists consider its age, rarity, history of ownership, condition, maker and other factors.
  • Can I sell my rare map online if I consign with Sotheby's?
    Yes, indeed. Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts department invites participation in our online timed auctions. Past online selections have included cartography from distinguished private collections and an extraordinary copy of History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark in the original printed boards. When you submit your map for review by our specialists, they will consider it for sale in both online and live auctions.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to sell a rare map, old map, antique map, world map, ancient map, vintage map, original map, printed map, atlas map, travel atlas, wall map, manuscript map. city map, regional map, country map, composite atlas, celestial atlas, commercial map, topographical map, portolan chart, panelled map, cartes à figures, engraved map, hand coloured map, color map or collection of maps from highly desirable areas such as North America, Japan, China, Singapore, West Indies, Malta and Cyprus by famous cartographers including Mercator, Blaeu, Ortelius, Visscher, Verbiest, Speed, Mauro, Gastaldi, Huang, de Jode and Munster that illustrate the art of wood block printing, line engraving, mezzotint engraving, aquatint engraving, stipple engraving, etching and ornamental cartouche on vellum, linen and paper.