Codex Sassoon, oldest near-complete Hebrew Bible, set to fetch $30-50m at auction

The 'Codex Sassoon' bible is displayed at Sotheby's in New York on February 15, 2023. (Ed Jones/AFP)
The 'Codex Sassoon' bible is displayed at Sotheby's in New York on February 15, 2023. (Ed Jones/AFP)

The Codex Sassoon, the oldest almost complete Hebrew Bible, is headed to auction where it is expected to fetch between $30-50 million dollars, The New York Times reports.

This would make it the most expensive book or historical document ever sold.

Believed to be from the late 9th or early 10th century, the book was considered lost for over 600 years until it reemerged in 1929.

It has been in private hands since and will be sold by Sotheby’s in May.

“This represents the first time the text appears in the form where we can really read and understand it,” Sotheby’s Sharon Liberman Mintz says.

The book is currently owned by Swiss financier and collector Jacqui Safra.

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