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A rare gigantic blue map depicting China as the 'centre of the world' has sold for £270,000 - more than double its estimate.<br />
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The large woodblock print, which measures 8ft 6ins by 4ft 5ins, was produced in 1823 during the Qing dynasty and shows the Far East country as the earth's 'central kingdom'.<br />
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Comprising 16 sections on eight sheets, the spectacular map was built as part of a political manifesto and celebration of the unification of all Chinese provinces under the dynasty's rule.<br />
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And after being acquired by Canadian businessman Floyd Sully as part of his huge personal collection of Chinese document and manuscripts, it sold at Sotheby's in London yesterday.