Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold

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.

most expensive book in the world The Hours and psalter of Elizabeth Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold

The Hours and Psalter of Elizabeth

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

most expensive book in the world The Monypenny Breviary Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold

The Monypenny Breviary

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.

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Hebrew Bible

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.

most expensive book in the world The Birds of America Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold

The Birds of America

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.

most expensive book in the world Autograph manuscript of nine symphonies Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold

Autograph manuscript of nine symphonies

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.

most expensive book in the world The Northumberland Bestiary Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold

The Northumberland Bestiary

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.

most expensive book in the world The Gutenberg Bible Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold

The Gutenberg Bible


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.

most expensive book in the world The Canterbury Tales Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold

The Canterbury Tales


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.

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The Gospels of Henry the Lion

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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Codex Leicester page

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Codex Leicester Cover

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2 Responses to “Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World Ever Sold”

  1. Is the picture of the Hebrew Bible here really an image of the Hebrew Bible sold for £1,185,000?! The reason for asking is that the image shown is a printed edition of the Hebrew Bible with a translation, rather than (let’s say) a handwritten manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, so it is difficult to see why it is so special and why it sold for so much…

  2. I got a book with the A. Lincoln signature as well as Harriet Mary McCauley signature. Just wanted to know some sort of value or how to find out the value.

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