GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2024

Statistics About The Most Expensive Books In The World

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"The most expensive book ever sold is Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, which sold for $30.8 million in 1994."

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"The Rothschild Prayerbook, a book of hours, sold at auction for $13.4 million in 2014."

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"A copy of The Birds of America, by John James Audubon, was purchased for $11.5 million in 2010."

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"The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict, was sold for $11.7 million in 1983."

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"William Shakespeare's First Folio sold for $6.16 million in 2001."

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"The Gospel of Judas, an ancient Gnostic Gospel, sold for over $1 million in 2006."

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"The first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold for $90,000 in 2019 due to it containing two typos."

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"The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling's handwritten book, was sold for $3.98 million in 2007."

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"An original copy of Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, sold for $1.54 million in 1998."

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"The Northumberland Bestiary, an ancient book of animal illustrations, sold for $5.8 million in 2007."

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"The Comedies, Histories & Tragedies of William Shakespeare, a collection of plays, sold for $5.5 million in 2001."

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"Geographia Cosmographia, by Claudius Ptolemaeus, sold for $4 million in 2006."

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"The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, fetched $7.5 million at auction in 1998."

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"Magna Carta, dating from 1297, sold for $21.3 million in 2007."

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"In 2013, the Bay Psalm Book from 1640, considered the first book printed in America, sold for $14.2 million."

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"The First Atlas, by Abraham Ortelius, was sold for $2.3 million in 2009."

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"In May 2007, The Constellations, by Johannes Hevelius, fetched $2.5 million at auction."

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"In 1827, The 17th-century "Atlas Major" by Joan Blaeu sold for $2.3 million."

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"The Napoleon's Death Mask, 1833 made by Francois Carlo Antommarchi sold for $3,824 in 2007."

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"The First Book of Urizen, by William Blake, was sold for $2.5 million in 1999."

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