Friday, 20 June 2014

Expensive Whitman!

Yesterday Christie's sold a first edition of "Leaves of Grass" by American poet and humanist Walt Whitman for $305,000. This is the most expensive book sold by Whitman and more than double the expected estimate. A previous record for the same book and same author was $230,500, sold by Sotheby's in October 2011.

The most expensive book ever sold is the Bay Psalm Book, sold by Sotheby's in the autumn of 2013 for $14.2 million! Wouw! I read that this is the first book printed in British North America in 1640, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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