Home Lifestyle 10 Most Expensive Books And Manuscripts Ever Sold

10 Most Expensive Books And Manuscripts Ever Sold

-

When one thinks about the rarest and most expensive collectibles that a collector of fine art could buy, you might not think that books and manuscripts would hold impressive price tags.

However, when you’re talking about an original copy of the Magna Carter or Leonardo da Vinci’s diary, prices can jump well into the millions of dollars.

the following are the 10 most expensive books and manuscripts ever sold.

10. “Washington’s Acts of Congress” — George Washington’s personal notes (1789)

The Washington Family, George Washington (left), Martha Washington (right), lithograph by Currier & Ives, 1867
Shutterstock

What was George Washington’s copy of the Acts passed at a Congress of the United States of America, Set a world auction record for any American book or historical document.

Price: $9.8 Million ($10.4 Million today)
Sold: June 2012

9. “The Birds of America” — John James Audubon (1827–1838)

John James Audubon painting on display inside of a museum
Shutterstock

“The Birds of America” is an illustrated book by naturalist and artist John James Audubon, containing illustrations several varieties of birds of the United States. The book consists of 435 hand-colored prints of birds made from engraved plates.

Price: $8.8 Million ($12.5 Million today)
Sold: 2000

8. “The Birds of America” — John James Audubon (1827–1838)

John James Audubon painting on american postage stamp
Shutterstock

Another one of the 119 complete of copies of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” known to exist.

Price: $11.5 Million ($12.9 Million today)
Sold: December 2010

7. “Gospels of Henry the Lion” — Order of Saint Benedict (1175)

Evangeliar Heinrichs des Löwen Medieval Codex
Wikimedia Commons

Price: $11.7 Million ($28.7 Million today)
Sold: December 1983

6. “Rothschild Prayerbook” (a.k.a. Rothschild Hours) — (circa 1500-1520)

The Rothschild Prayerbook or Rothschild Hours, is an important Flemish illuminated manuscript book of hours, illuminated over the period c.1505 by a number of artists. It is now in a private collection
Wikimedia Commons

Since its sale in 1999 to an Australian businessman, it has held the world record price at auction for a color illustrated mamnuscript.

Price: $13.4 Million ($19.7 Million today)
Sold: July 1999

5. “Bay Psalm Book” — Author Unknown (1640)

The whole booke of Psalmes faithfully translated into English metre. : Whereunto is prefixed a discourse declaring not only the lawfullness, but also the necessity of the heavenly ordinance of singing scripture psalmes in the churches of God, printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Stephen Daye, 1640. F DA640 .B582wb, The John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island
Wikimedia Commons

The “Bay Psalm Book” is the first book ever printed in the territory of what is now The United States of America.

Price: $14.2 Million ($14.9 Million today)
Sold: November 2013

4. “St Cuthbert Gospel” — Author Unknown (7th century)

A view of the St Guthbert Gospel
Wikimedia Commons

Price: $14.3 Million ($15.2 Million today)
Sold: April 2012

3. Magna Carta — Author Unknown (1297)

Magna Carta Libertatum, is an English legal charter that required King John of England to proclaim certain rights, respect certain legal procedures, and accept that his will could be bound by the law.
Shutterstock

Price: $21.3 Million ($25.1 Million today)
Sold: December 2007

2. Leonardo da Vinci — “Codex Leicester” Original and only copy of the notebook (1500s)

Codex Leicester Hammer 2A – Fol.35v (left) and Fol.2r (right)
Wikimedia Commons

Price: $30.8 Million ($50.9 Million today)
Sold: November 1994

1. Joseph Smith — “Book of Mormon” (1830)

JANUARY 2005 - Interior of home of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormon Church in Palmyra, NY
Shutterstock

Price: $35.0 Million
Sold: September 2017

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

- Advertisment -

Must Read

Hottest Female News Anchors In The World

The news industry is booming with a whirlwind of events taking place across the world. With the wide range of politics, sports, and news...
- Advertisment -