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Westminster Hall and Abbey with the Tower of London in the background.<br />
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The largest map of Hanovarian London, that almost didn't see the light of day due to a Royal dispute, is being sold for £60,000.<br />
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A rare and fascinating panorama was drawn 300 years ago, and reveals in incredible detail the layout of the city in the early days of Georgian Britain.<br />
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The piece of art, measuring 40ins by 80ins, was produced in 1717 by Dutch artisan Jan Kip for Caroline of Ansbach, the Princess of Wales. <br />
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But George I banned its publication for 9 years after falling out with his son and daughter in law in a bitter family dispute.<br />
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He finally relented in 1726 allowing the glorious vista showing a far-reaching view from Buckingham House (Buckingham Palace) over St James's Park and Westminster towards the City of London, to be produced.