Ancient Hebrew Bible To Be Auctioned In May For Million Dollar Price Tag
The Sotheby’s auction house has announced that the oldest known Hebrew Bible, written in 1448, will be auctioned off in May for a staggering Seven Figure Price.
Details of the 1448 Hebrew Bible
The 1448 Hebrew Bible dates back to the era of the Ten Commandments and is almost six centuries old. Despite the age of this book, the Bible has remained relatively well-preserved. The oldest Bible includes illuminated illustrations, zoomorphic elements and floral designs.
Who commissioned the Bible?
The 1448 Hebrew Bible was commissioned by Samuel Ben Shlomo (also known as Samuel da Silva), a Spanish banker. Da Silva wanted the Bible to be an exquisite, beautifully decorated piece and hired several prominent illuminators and craftsmen to paint and decorate the Bible.
Million Dollar Price Tag
The auction house estimates the Bible is worth between £1.5 to £2.5 million (1.9 to 3.2 million US Dollars). This is not the first time the 1448 Hebrew Bible has been sold at auction. In 2005, Sotheby’s auctioned off the same Bible for One Million Dollars.
What does the future hold for the 1448 Hebrew Bible?
The 1448 Hebrew Bible is an incredibly rare and historial document. Despite the staggering price tag, there are sure to be several bidders from around the world that are interested in acquiring this incredible piece of history.
The Sotheby’s auction house expects the 1448 Hebrew Bible to sell quickly and believes the final bid could exceed past estimates. The auction will be held in May, so stay tuned to find out who will be the proud owner of this incredible relic!