Monday, April 29, 2013

Record set today for highest price evert paid for a Jewish Book or Manuscript

                                                                                                                                          from the AP
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The Israel Museum have jointly purchased a 15th century Rambam.

Sotheby’s announced Monday that the two institutions have acquired the Mishneh Torah from the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection. It was about to be put up for auction in New York City.

It’s the second of a two-volume illuminated manuscript. The first is housed in the Vatican.

The Rambam had a pre-auction estimate of $4.5 million to $6 million.

Sotheby’s declined to say how much the two museums paid. But it was more than the $2.9 million paid for a Chumash in 1989 at Sotheby’s, which set an auction record for Judaica.

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