Nov 27, 2013
By Michael Kramer
It’s a testament to the power of prayer.
A small book of psalms has become the world’s most expensive printed book – at $14.2 million.
It was published in 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts by the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The book was designed to be a faithful translation into English of the original Hebrew psalms.
Sotheby’s auction house says the ” Bay Psalm Book” has been purchased by American financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein, who will loan it to libraries across the U-S.
The last time a copy of the book came up for auction in 1947, it sold for a record price of $151,000, surpassing prices for the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Audubon’s Birds of America.
The auction record for any book goes to the Leonardo da Vinci “Codex Hammer,” a personal notebook of scientific writings and diagrams. It sold for $30.8 million at Christie’s auction house in 1994.