World’s most expensive printed book breaks auction record

2010-12-09 09:29

Birds of America, the world’s most expensive illustrated book, was sold for a record price of £7.3 million (about R80 million) at auction in London on Tuesday.

Sotheby’s auction house said the price paid for the work of celebrated ornithologist and painter John James Audubon was a record for any printed book at auction.

It had been estimated to fetch between £4 million and £6 million.

Audubon, a Haitian-born Frenchman who settled in North America, lived from 1785 to 1851.

The book, from the collection of British aristocrat Lord Hesketh, was bought by Michael Tollemache, a London dealer, a spokesperson for Sotheby’s said.?

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