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One of the oldest books in the world has sold at auction for more than £3 million

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun13,2024

One of the oldest books in the world sold at auction for more than £3 million

The oldest religious book of Christianity was sold for more than 3 million pounds at the Christie's auction in London.

As reported by Ukrinform, this was reported by the BBC.

The book, which is considered one of the oldest in existence, was sold at an auction for 3,065,000 pounds sterling.

A spokesperson for the auction house said they could not reveal the name of the buyer due to client confidentiality.

The Book of Worship was produced in one of the first Christian monasteries and contains the complete texts of two books of the Bible.

The book is part of the Bodmer Papyri, a collection of several texts that were discovered in the 1950s 1900s and include Christian scriptures, biblical passages, and pagan literature.

It is noted that the book was purchased by the University of Mississippi, where it remained until 1981. After that it was sold several times before being purchased by Norwegian manuscript collector Dr. Martin Schoen in 1988.

«The earliest monks in Upper Egypt in the earliest Christian monastery used this same book to celebrate Easter only a few hundred years after Christ and only a hundred years after the writing of the last Gospel,'' Eugenio Donadoni, Christie's senior specialist in books and manuscripts, said earlier.

As reported by Ukrinform, the rare first edition of the novel "The Hobbit" by British author JRR Tolkien sold at auction for £31,200 (over $39,000).

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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