The Most Expensive Book in the World Just Sold for $14.2 Million


The first English-language book printed in America was auctioned off at Sotheby’s Tuesday night for $14.2 million, making it the most expensive book in the world.

The Whole Book of Psalmes, or the Bay Psalm Book as it is commonly known, was translated directly from Hebrew to English and printed by Congregationalist Puritans in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640.

The book’s $14.2 million worth beat the previous record holder, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, which sold for $11.5 million in 2010, according to the New Yorker.

There are 10 other surviving copies of the Bay Psalm book besides the one auctioned off Tuesday evening.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: