The five most expensive books in the world
Every collector once think of what, for example, the most expensive coin or the rare brand. In his collection of the most valuable and how he would like to expand? But the rating of the most valuable folios already decided. It includes seven publications three manuscripts.
The absolute champion in value is considered to be a manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci Leicester code”. At Christie’s auction in 1994 for the folio was paid for 30.8 million dollars. Experts say that in the coming years the price barrier is unlikely to be someone overcome.
But in December of this year can be set to record the cost of the printed book. Auction house Sotheby’s is going to put on the auction and complete copy of the first edition of the book “Birds of America” by John James Audubon, American painter-animalist, ornithologist and naturalist. By the way, in the world there are only 119 copies, and 108 of them are in the national museums, and 11 are for private collectors. The sale of this book will surely make a sensation among the experts. The price of this publication, which will participate in the auction on December 7, is estimated at about nine million dollars.
That “Birds of America” – is a unique publication, no doubt. It was first published in 1827-1838. And during this time the book was printed only 200 copies. This is due to its giant dimensions – each page has a height 127 see a Full copy of the book consists of 435 prints prints, painted by hand. The size of each engravings depicting birds in natural size – 90 60 see
So rare edition, of course, today it is difficult to compare, say, the production of the same Latin American soap operas, in view of which do not even have to spend a penny. Just go to the website and free to watch online favorite movie or TV series in General. Yes, and “are stamped” series, as you know, dozens or even hundreds a year. So to speak about its uniqueness is not necessary. But among collectors there are those who collects them. However, as they say, to each his own.
Another thing – a rare book. Forbes magazine has attempted to name five most expensive editions of modernity. The first place, on the right, went to “Leicester code da Vinci. Eighteen sheets of paper, written by genius in 1506-1510 years of the famous “mirror” font purchased Microsoft founder Bill gates. The second most expensive edition can be called the gospel of Henry the Lion. The manuscript was sold in 1983, 12, 4 million dollars. The third place belongs to “Birds of America”, but about it we have already spoken. The fourth “came to the finish “the Canterbury tales, Geoffrey Chaucer. It is known only 12 copies of the book, but because 12 years ago, one of its copies were bought by unknown private collector for $ 7.5 million. And finally closes the top five most expensive folios “Bestiary of the Duke of Northumberland”. In 1990 this kind of medieval encyclopedia of the animal world was estimated by specialists in 5,85 million dollars.