Here’s the list of most expensive books in the world ever sold. Those expensive books are very expensive in price because of the historic value also the scarcity of the book. I guess lot of person already know that the most expensive book in the world is Codex Leicester. But what about the 2nd – 10th of the most expensive book? Let’s take a look at this list
10.The Hours and psalter of Elizabeth de Bohum : £ 1.400.000
This book was sold in London in June 21, 1988 in London.
The Hours and psalter of Elizabeth de Bohum, Countess of Northampton, c,1340-45.
9. The Monypenny Breviary: £1,700,000
This book was sold in London June 19th 1989
The Monypenny Breviary, illuminated manuscript, c,1490-95. Book is also in the list of most expensive books. This book hold the record for any French manuscript
8. Hebrew Bible: £1,850,000
This book was sold in London in December 5th 1989
Hebrew Bible is a generic reference to books of the Bible, originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic, and of uncontroversial canonicity. This is the one of the most expensive book and hold the record for any Hebrew manuscript.
7. The Birds of America: $3,600,000
This book was sold in New York on June 6th 1989
The Birds of America is the title of a book by naturalist and painter John James Audubon, containing paintings. This book holds the records for any natural history.
6. Autograph manuscript of nine symphonies By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: £2,292,993
This book was sold in May 22nd 1987 in London
Autograph manuscript of nine symphonies By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart this book is on music manuscript, and this the one on the most expensive book of the world. This book hold the record for any music manuscript.
5. The Northumberland Bestiary: £2,700,000
This book was sold in London in November 29th 1990
The Northumberland Bestiary was one of the most important traditions to emerge from medieval England. It served as the most famous picture book of its time. This book hold the record for an English manuscript.
4. The Gutenberg Bible: $5,390,000
This book was sold in London on October 22nd, 1987
The Gutenberg Bible, This is the one of the first book ever printed by, Johan Gutenberg and Johan fust in 1455. This is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center’s collections. The Center’s Bible was acquired in 1978 and is one of only five complete examples in the United States.
3. The Canterbury Tales: £4,600,000
This book was sold in London on July 8th 1998
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse). The tales, some of which are originals and others are not.
2. The Gospels of Henry the Lion: £8,140,000
This book was sold in London on December 6th, 1983
The Gospels of Henry the Lion were intended by Henry the Lion, The manuscript, containing 266 pages with the text of the four gospels, 50 of them full page illustrations.The gospel book, kept in the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel, and for security reasons is displayed only once every two years.
1. The Codex Leicester: $30.8 millions
This book was sold in 1994 to Bill Gates
The Codex Leicester is a collection of largely scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. The Codex was purchased in 1980 by wealthy industrialist, art collector, and philanthropist Armand Hammer from the Leicester estate, and renamed the “Codex Hammer”. In 1994 Bill Gates bought it at auction for $30.8 million, making it the most expensive book ever, and renamed it the Codex Leicester.
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