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A rare antique map of Iceland has just sold for an eye-watering £4,000 at a Lichfield auction.

The map dated 1585 and titled ‘Islandia’ is thought to have been extracted from a larger volume. Hand-coloured throughout, it shows in extraordinary detail the topography of Iceland, including volcano ‘Hekla’. Surrounding the island are depictions of polar bears and extraordinary mythical beasts and sea monsters. The reverse incorporates Latin text.

Discovered amongst the contents of a Sutton Coldfield estate, it was offered for auction at Richard Winterton Auctioneers in Lichfield on 26th September where international interest pushed the final price beyond expectations to total £4,000 from a commission bid.

Elsewhere in the same sale two ‘Aquarium’ and ‘Aviary’ cigarette lighters, (one by Dunhill) from the 1950’s totalled over £2,000. Lot 261, a fine Victorian Asprey rosewood dressing box with sliver lidded fittings totalled £4,000 and a nineteenth century silver tea set by Barnard brought £3,000. Lot 619, a pair of eighteenth century English Delft flower bricks from Whitehall Farm, Henley In Arden sold for £1,200 and a 1948 London Olympic torch sold for £1,000 to a Greek buyer.

The next two-day Antique, Home & Interiors Sale is 23rd/24th October and entries close on the 7th October. For further details contact Richard Winterton Auctioneers on 01543 251081 or visit: