The Codex Sassoon, a biblical text composed 1,100 years ago, has been auctioned in New York as the world’s most valuable manuscript.
the Bible The oldest and most complete Hebrew was bought this Thursday auction Reaching a price of US$38.1 million from Sotheby’s in New York, it became the most valuable manuscript ever sold at an auction of this type.
this Bible, named as codex sassoon is the oldest specimen of which there is evidence, which Contains 24 books of the Hebrew Bible written over 1,100 years ago.
According to former US ambassador Alfred Moses, he bought the text for Museum of the Jewish People (ANU) from Tal Aviv, israel Given that this text is one of the most influential in history and is the basis of Western Civilization.
“I am glad to know that you are of the Jewish people. My mission, realizing the historical importance of the Sassoon Codex, was to make it a globally accessible location for all,” said Moses.
In addition, the auction managed to break the record for the Leicester Codex, Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific notebook, which was sold Bill Gates for US$30.8 million.
Why is it called Codex Sassoon?
The more than 1,000-year-old manuscript is named after its previous owner, David Solomon Sassoon, who bought it in 1929 and kept it at his home. London As part of his private collection of the world’s Hebrew manuscripts.
According to estimates by Sotheby’s auction house, the manuscript has a “carbon date” indicating that it was It was composed around the year 900 and only 12 pages are missing.,
Swiss investor Jackie Safra was Last owner of the Codex Sassoon, Who bought it at an auction in London in 1989 for $2.5 million.