Dürer star charts auctioned

On March 30, 2011, the world's oldest printed star charts, created by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, were auctioned by Sotheby's auction house in London. The woodcuts were first printed in 1515. (photo)

The maps were a collaboration of Dürer and two astronomers, Conrad Heinfogel and Johannes Stabius. Before the auction date, the charts were expected to bring more than UK£180,000.