Books are an important form of record keeping for humans. Some books are undoubtedly more expensive and valuable than others due to their exclusiveness or unavailability.
Books are an important form of record keeping for humans. Books which may exist in different forms have been indispensable from time immemorial to this day. Books serve as a way of keeping records and passing valuable information, research and stories from one generation to another.
Some books are undoubtedly more expensive and valuable than others due to their exclusiveness or unavailability. Here are the top 5 most expensive books in the world.
5. Sherborne Missal
The Sherborne Missal is a 15th century English manuscript that contains some examples of Gothic paintings. It is a 347 leaves book that weight a massive 20 kilograms and it is said to be great condition.
The Sherborne Missal was sold for $21. 2 million in 2001 which is worth about $30 million today.
4. Magna Carta
The Magna Carta is a 12th century book that contains the charter of rights agreed by King John of England for a group of rebel Barons. The Magna Carta means the ‘ Great charter’ .
The Magna Carta written in 1215 is one of the most expensive books in the world. It was sold for $21. 3 million in 2007 which is worth about $26. 3 million today.
3. Codex Leicester
Codex Leicester is a book named after Thomas Coke who purchased it in 1719, he later became the Earl of Leicester. It contains the scientific writings of Leonardo da Vinci.
The Codex Leicester is one of the most expensive books of all time. It was sold to Bill Gates for $30. 8 million in 1994 which is now worth about $53. 1 million.
2. júshì tiè 局事帖
The júshì tiè is a letter from Zeng Gong who was a Chinese historian to his friend. The júshì tiè was sold at $31. 7 million in 2016 which is now worth at $33. 8 million.
1. Book of Mormon
The book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement which supposedly includes the writings of prophets who lived on the American continent.
The book of Mormon is the most expensive book in the world and it was sold in 2017 for $35 million which is now worth at $36. 5 million.