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Witness: For $38.1 million, the oldest and most complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible was sold at auction

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The most expensive historical document remains one of the first prints of the United States Constitution, which Sotheby’s sold for $43 million in November 2021.

A book believed to be the oldest and most complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible sold for $38.1 million Wednesday in New York, Sotheby’s said.

The auction house said the manuscript, bearing Sasson’s name, “contains all 24 books of the Hebrew Bible, of which only 12 leaves are missing, and predates the oldest completely complete Hebrew Bible, the Leningrad Codex, by nearly a century.”

Sotheby’s added that the Bible, which dates back to the late ninth or early tenth century, became the most expensive manuscript ever sold at auction and the most expensive Jewish religious artifact sold in history.

After a bidding war that lasted four minutes, the auction was won by an American non-profit organization that intends to gift this manuscript to a museum in Tel Aviv, and it is headed by former American diplomat Alfred Moses.

Moses said, “The Hebrew Bible is the most influential book in history and forms the bedrock of Western civilization. I am glad to know that it belongs to the Jewish people.”

With this amount paid, this auction would have exceeded the $30.8 million price paid by Microsoft founder Bill Gates for Leonardo da Vinci’s manuscript in 1994 as the most expensive handwritten document ever sold at auction.

The most expensive historical document remains one of the first prints of the United States Constitution, which Sotheby’s sold for $43 million in November 2021.

The Hebrew manuscript was auctioned for the first time in more than 30 years. On Wednesday, the pre-sale estimate was between $30 and $50 million.

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