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Top 10 Most Expensive Books in the World

The Codex Leicester

I assure, those who really love reading may like these following most expensive books in the world. Although the price is necessarily unreachable, at least, you should know about it first. These books become very expensive because they have a long and interesting history behind the composition. However, do you know about the most expensive books in the world? I give you these lists..

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

The Hours and Psalter of Elizabeth de Bohum, Countess of Northampton is one of the most expensive books in the world. This book has been sold for £1.400.000 in June 1988 in London.

9. The Monypenny Breviary: £1,700,000

The Monypenny Breviary is an illuminated manuscript. It is one of the most expensive books in the world which held the record for any French manuscript. This book has been sold for £1,700,000 in June 1988 in London.

8. Hebrew Bible: £1,850,000

The Hebrew Bible is a generic reference to books of the Bible. It is one of most expensive books in the world which was written in Hebrew and Aramaic and also of uncontroversial canonicity. This book has been sold in December 1989 in London at a price of £1,850,000.

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

The Birds of America is a title of a book by naturalist and painter John James Audubon. It is one of the most expensive books in the world which held the records for any natural history. This most expensive books have been sold in June 1989 in New York at a price of $3,600,000.

6. Autograph Manuscript of Nine Symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: £2,292,993

The Autograph Manuscript of Nine Symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most expensive books in the world. This book hold the record for any music manuscript and has been sold in May 1987 in London at a price of £2,292,993.

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

The Northumberland Bestiary was one of the most important traditions to emerge from medieval England. It is one of the most expensive books in the world which served the famous picture by the time. This most expensive books have held the record for an English manuscript and sold in November 1990 in London at the price of £2,700,000.

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

The Gutenberg Bible was one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center’s collections. It is one of the most expensive books in the world which was acquired in 1978 and have been sold in October 1987 in London at the price of $5,390,000.

3. The Canterbury Tales: £4,600,000

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories which was written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. Some people considered this one of the most expensive books in the world original, while the others considered it as fiction. However, this most expensive books have been sold in July 1998 at the price of £4,600,000.

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

The Gospels of Henry the Lion were intended by Henry the Lion. It is one of the most expensive books in the world whose manuscript contains 266 pages (four gospels) and illustrations. This most expensive books have been sold at the auction in December 1983 in London at the price of £8,140,000.

1. The Codex Leicester: $30.8 millions

The Codex Leicester is a collection of scientific writings by Leonardo DaVinci. It is one of the most expensive books in the world which was purchased in 1980 by wealthy industrialist, art collector, and philanthropist Armand Hammer. Later on, in 1994, this most expensive books have been bought by Bill Gates at the price of $30.8 million.

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