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how a rare map at the u of m brought down a $1m christie's auction

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how a rare map at the u of m brought down a $1m christie's auction

in a shoe box of a library for rare books on the university of minnesota’s campus lives a map that, against all odds, keeps landing in the spotlight.it features a hand-drawn sliver of land, looking somewhat like an upside-down origami swan and floating in a vast ocean of squiggly black lines. on that sliver, the mapmaker jotted just one word: “america.”this is one of only three known authentic copies of a 1507 map drawn by german printer and cartographer martin waldseemüller. meant to be cut out and pasted onto a grapefruit-sized globe, the map is known as “america’s birth certificate” because it’s the first to term that landmass “america” (after explorer amerigo vespucci).the map “was a huge deal,” said marguerite ragnow, historian and curator of the james ford bell library at the u. “for the first time, it showed 360 degrees of the globe with at least a nod to all of the landmasses, and it was the first map to use the name ‘america’ on any part of the new world.”though it’s one of some 40,000 rare artifacts related to the history of international trade and global exchange in this library, the u’s copy of the waldseemüller map is probably the most talked-about item in the collection.especially now that it’s debunked the legitimacy of another copy of the map that was set to be sold by christie’s auction house for as much as $1.2 million. leila navidi, star tribune marguerite ragnow, curator of the james ford bell library, h...