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The oldest manuscript in the world has a new owner.  The buyer spent an incredible amount of money on it

The oldest manuscript in the world has a new owner. The buyer spent an incredible amount of money on it

The oldest manuscript in the world has a new owner.  The buyer spent an incredible amount of money on it

The Crosby-Schoyen Codex is the oldest manuscript in the world in private hands. The monument is at least 1.6 thousand years old. Recently it was auctioned at Christie’s auction house. The new buyer spent over three million pounds on the work.

The Crosby-Schoyen Codex is the oldest manuscript in the world in private hands. Recently it was sold for over three million pounds, i.e. over PLN 15 million. It is not known who the new buyer is.

The historical manuscript found a new owner at an auction in London

Recently, the Crosby-Schoyen codex was auctioned in London at Christie’s auction house. The initial auction amount was 1.7 million pounds. As reported by the AFP news agency, the manuscript was ultimately sold for £3.65 million. This is the equivalent of approximately PLN 15.44 million.

The manuscript previously belonged to a businessman from Norway who had already collected Martin Schoyen’s books. The media does not provide a reason for the sale of this historical monument. According to , a spokesman for the auction house said that it was impossible to reveal who bought the manuscript due to client confidentiality.

The Crosby-Schoyen Codex is at least 1,600 years old

The Crosby-Schoyen Codex was created in Alexandria, in what is now Egypt. The manuscript is at least 1.6 thousand years old. years. It was written in Coptic. The book was created in one of the first Christian monasteries.

The manuscript is “of enormous importance as evidence of the earliest spread of Christianity around the Mediterranean,” Eugenio Donadoni, senior specialist for books and manuscripts at Christie’s auction house, told the BBC.

The Crosby-Schoyen Codex contains the complete texts of two books of the Bible, the Book of Jonah and the First Letter of Peter, as well as the Easter homily. “Monks in Upper Egypt, in the oldest Christian monastery, used this very book to celebrate the earliest Easter celebrations, just a few hundred years after Christ,” Donadoni said.

Source: Gazeta

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