Australia’s “birth certificate” sells for $320,000

The earliest known map of Australia and New Zealand, Joan Blaeu’s Archipelagi Orientalis Sive Asiaticus (1659) sold for £248,750 (US$321,819) at a Sotheby’s auction in London this week.

Referred to as “Australia’s birth certificate” by the National Library of Australia during its recent Mapping Our World exhibition, the map was the first to name Australia as Nova Hollandia (New Holland) and the first to name Novo Zeelandia (New Zealand).

Though only four copies of Joan Blaeu’s map are known to exist, the map that sold at Sotheby’s on May 9, 2017 was created even earlier than the copy held by Australia’s National Library (1663), having been created in 1659

The 1.17 m x 1.59 m (46 in x 62 in) Archipelagi Orientalis was one of two original and unrestored maps by Joan Blaeu discovered in an...

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Million-dollar Australian coin unveiled by Perth Mint


Premier Colin Barnett today unveiled the world’s first coin to feature a significant red diamond from Rio Tinto’s Argyle pink diamond mine.

The exclusive $1 million Kimberley Treasure coin was struck by The Perth Mint from one kilogram of 99.99 per cent pure gold, and features an image of a red kangaroo holding a radiant 0.54 carat red gemstone between its front paws.

The unique collectable also displays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, confirming its status as legal tender of Australia.

Mr Barnett said the creation of the precious icon was a great example of two companies sharing a passion for quality craftsmanship and Western Australia’s rarest and most valued resources.


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Max Dupain Old Photographs sell for $1 million + at Australian Auction

Max Dupain's 'Sunbaker', taken at Culburra Beach on the NSW south coast in 1937 image

Max Dupain’s ‘Sunbaker’, taken at Culburra Beach on the NSW south coast in 1937.

Sunbaker, taken at Culburra Beach on the NSW south coast in 1937, has been lauded as a “national image”.

A 50cm by 56.5cm print of the photograph, signed and dated by Dupain in 1937 and almost the same size as a print bought by the National Gallery of Australia in 1976, fetched $85,000 at the auction in Woollahra on Sunday.

Similar prints of Sunbaker had previously sold for $30,000.

A collection of images by legendary photographer Max Dupain have sold for more than $1 million at auction, setting an Australian record.

The batch of almost 500 photographs, sold on Sunday, included a signed print of Dupain’s iconic image Sunbaker, and other...

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