A copy of the first printed book in America has become the most expensive auctioned book in the world after it sold for $14.2 million.
Agence France-Presse reported The Bay Psalm Book, a translation of biblical psalms by Puritan settlers marking an important publishing milestone, was published in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640.
And although its pages are worn and marked with handwriting, it took only minutes to sell at a world record price on Tuesday at a Sotheby's auction. The buyer was American billionaire David Rubenstein, according to AFP, who said he would loan it to libraries around the U.S. for the public to see.
The book was predicted to sell for between $15 million and $30 million, according to the Associated Press.
The text is one of 11 copies left of the Bay Psalm Book, according to Reuters, and one of the best preserved that exists. The other copies belong to institutions including Yale andRead More »from First book printed in America auctions at record $14.2M