The following graph shows the median price of all the items listed in each of the 18 volumes of the Antique Map Price Record. From the $100-$200 range in the first 10 years, the median price started to climb in 1994, until today when it has exceeded the $500 mark. Certainly this change partially reflects inflation, but by most measures, $100 in 1983 would still be worth less than $200 today. So other factors must be in effect. Perhaps, taken overall, antiquarian maps have appreciated faster than inflation in the last two decades, but this is a contentious issue. Perhaps the editors of the Price Record have tended to sample more from "higher-end" catalogues than in the past. (Note that since this chart graphs medians, and not means, the inclusion of a few very high priced items will not have any significant effect.on these results.)
For a more detailed view of the prices of all items over the 20 year period, see the plot of individual points.
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