Ancient cards sell for three times their auction price

Have your say

A rare set of 337-year-old playing cards, including one of the first cards to mention Sheffield, sold for £15,000 at Sotheby’s in London - more than three times their £4,500 pre-sale estimate.

The cards were produced by cartographer Robert Morden in 1676. Each depicted an English or Welsh county, and Sheffield appeared as ‘Sheifeld’ on the Yorkshire card, issued as the King of Clubs.

Each card also featured a map of its county and its principal roads and towns, which in the case of Yorkshire also included Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

The cards were bought by an anonymous British collector, Sotheby’s confirmed.

They were last owned by Jimmy Ortiz-Patino, who created the Valderrama golf course in Spain.