A more than 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible could become the most expensive historical document or manuscript ever to be auctioned when it’s sold in May.
The Codex Sassoon, one of only two manuscripts containing all 24 books of the Hebrew Bible, will be sold at the Sotheby’s in New York with an estimated price of $30-$50 million.
It is the oldest and most complete Hebrew Bible known to experts. Since resurfacing in 1929, the Bible has been in private collections, The New York Times reported.
The manuscript, which bridges the Dead Sea Scrolls from the third century B.C. and the modern form of the Hebrew Bible, will be auctioned for the first time in more than 30 years.
“[It] is undeniably one of the most important and singular texts in human history,” said Richard Austin, Sotheby’s global head of books and manuscripts, i24NEWS reported.
If it reaches the estimated $50 million price, The Codex Sassoon would become the most expensive historical document or manuscript to ever be auctioned.
The current record belongs to one of the first prints of the American Constitution that was sold for $43 million in 2021.
The manuscript is named after its previous owner, David Solomon Sassoon, who owned the most outstanding private collection of ancient Jewish texts in the world. Continue reading at Newsmax.