Ancient Makkah-centered map fetches over $2m at auction in London 

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DUBAI: A map of the world centered on Makkah created in Safavid Persia in the 17th century has been sold for £1.86 million ($2.33 million) in London through auction house Bonhams.  

Nima Sagharchi, the director of Middle Eastern and Islamic art at Bonhams, described it as one of the most valuable items of sophisticated Islamic craftsmanship ever to be sold at auction — particularly given the current “challenging market.”  

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