If you’re considering alternative ways to invest your money, then putting it into antiques that hold their value, such as old maps, is an excellent idea. Many have been let down by so called “high return” investment funds and have lost faith in sticks and shares. Beautiful and historically significant works of art, old maps now offer investment potential.
In line with other collections, purchasing old maps must be seen as a long term investment. The enjoyment gained from having them in your home, learning about their history and sharing them with others is all part of the appeal. The value of the most collectible old maps have risen dramatically in recent years, providing a welcome bonus for their canny owners.
Do your research and talk to dealers and collectors if you are new to this subject. You need skill, expertise and knowledge to buy old maps. You must make sure you are paying the right price and can spot the fakes when buying maps. You need to be able to spot counterfeits and be sure you are paying a fair price. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller to allow you to examine an old map out of the frame for closer inspection. Understanding the market is part of the thrill of collecting, knowing which old maps are most rare and why.
An old map can have a fascinating history, learning about it is a reward in itself. Sometimes it’s just good to know that you have an historically significant old map in your possession. Consider owning a map of the newly discovered Hawaii; Captain Cook’s great voyage; an exquisite 17th century celestial chart; or indeed an atlas charting the global political landscape.
Knowing which types of old maps are proving particularly popular with collectors is important for anyone considering an investment in antique charts and maps. Particularly collectible are those which chart the discovery of the Americas. A map printed in 1507, one of the earliest to include the “New World” was sold at suction for 7m in 2001.
The more you look into the world of old maps, the more you realise how broad it is and how exciting and fascinating too. Most of the people who collect these ‘living histories’ tend to focus on a particular area of interest, whether it is a period of history, a geographical area or sea charts, for example. Chosen well, your old maps will provide both an excellent financial asset and be visually and intellectually rewarding.
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