The sale of a Shakespeare collection breaks all records

The sale of a Shakespeare collection breaks all records

The auction sale by Christie’s of the English playwright’s debut work exceeded all expectations, snapping up nearly $ 10 million.

The collection in question.

The collection in question.

A copy of English playwright William Shakespeare’s debut collection of plays was sold for $ 9.97 million at auction in New York on Wednesday, a record for a literary work.

The price paid for the book, which includes commission and costs, has largely exceeded the top of the estimate range proposed by the house of Christie’s, which organized the sale, or between 4 and 6 million dollars.

36 pieces

The collection, printed in 1623 and which brings together 36 Shakespeare plays, is sometimes considered the greatest literary work in the English language.

Published after the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the book is the result of the work of collecting two friends of the author, John Heminge and Henry Condell.

It contains major pieces that would likely have been lost without this publication, including “Macbeth” and “Night of the Kings”.

The copy sold Wednesday, which is one of six now held by private collectors, set a new record for a literary work.

Several books have already gone over that amount, most notably Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, which was purchased for $ 30.8 million by Bill Gates in 1994, a record.

But they are research works, like the Codex, religious works, illustrated books or official documents.


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