These globes were created by Vincenzo Coronelli, a 17th-century cartographer whose globes were so beautiful the Duke of Pharma made him his theologian. King Louis XIV commissioned Coronelli’s globes for the Palace of Versailles; they are now at the National Library of France.
One of his globes that measures 108 centimeters in diameter sold for £72,000 at auction in 2006. That equates to about £102,000 or $127,000 today. His globes were made of strips of bent wood coated in plaster and layers of fabric.
One globe is terrestrial, the other celestial.