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Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

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10. The Hours and psalter of Elizabeth de Bohum : £ 1.400.000

The Hours and psalter of Elizabeth de Bohum Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

The Hours and psalter of Elizabeth de Bohum

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. This is the on of the most expensive book and it have been sold (£1,400,000) in 21,Jun 1988 London.

 

9. The Monypenny Breviary: £1,700,000

The Monypenny Breviary Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

The Monypenny Breviary

This book was sold in London June 19th 1989

The Monypenny Breviary, illuminated manuscript, c,14900-95. Book is also in the list of most expensive books. This book hold the record for any French manuscript. Book have been sold (£1,700,000) in 19,Jun 1989 London.

 

8. Hebrew Bible: £1,850,000

Hebrew Bible Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

Hebrew Bible

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. Book have been sold (£1,850,000) in 5,Dec 1989 London.

 

7. The Birds of America: $3,600,000

The Birds of America Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

Illustrations of animal and wildlife

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, and this is the one of the most expensive book in the world. It have been sold ($3,600,000)(£2,292,993) in 6,June 1989 New York.

 

6. Autograph manuscript of nine symphonies By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: £2,292,993

Autograph manuscript of nine symphonies By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

Autograph manuscript of nine symphonies By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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. It have been sold ($3,600,000) (£2,292,993) in 22,May 1987 London.

 

5. The Northumberland Bestiary: £2,700,000

The Northumberland Bestiary Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

The Northumberland Bestiary

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, and this the one of the most expensive book. The book have been sold  (£2,700,000) in 29,Nov 1990 London.

 

4. The Gutenberg Bible: $5,390,000

The Gutenberg Bible Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

The Gutenberg Bible

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, and this is the one of the most expensive books. It have been sold ($5,390,000) in 22, Oct 1987 London.

 

3. The Canterbury Tales: £4,600,000

canterbury tales Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

canterbury tales

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. This is the one of the most expensive book. It have been sold (£4,600,000) pound In 8, Jul 1998.

 

2. The Gospels of Henry the Lion: £8,140,000

gospels of henry the lion Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

gospels of henry the lion

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, was sold by auction on 6 December 1983 at Sotheby’s in London for £8,140,000.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

The Codex Leicester Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

The Codex Leicester

This book was sold in 1994 to Bill Gates

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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