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Sotheby’s hopes for record sale of ancient Hebrew Bible

The Codex Sassoon 1,100-year-old Hebrew Bible is on display at the Tel Aviv's ANU Museum of the Jewish People for a week-long exhibition of the manuscript, part of a whirlwind worldwide tour of the artifact in the United Kingdom, Israel and the United States before its expected sale, Israel, Wednesday, March 22, 2023. One of the oldest surviving biblical manuscripts is up for sale — for a cool $30 million. The Codex Sassoon is a nearly complete 1,100-year-old Hebrew Bible. Sotheby's is putting it up for auction in New York in May for an estimated price of $30 million to $50 million. (AP Photo/Ariel Schali

JerusalemAP One of the oldest surviving Biblical manuscripts, a nearly complete 1,100-year-old Hebrew Bible, could soon be yours – for a cool $US30 million. The Codex Sassoon, a leather-bound, handwritten parchment tome containing almost the entirety of the Hebrew Bible, is set to go on the block at Sotheby’s in New York in May. Its […]

Pioneering Russian journalist sells Nobel Peace medal for Ukraine

Dmitry Muratov

Reuters Russian journalist and Nobel Peace laureate Dmitry Muratov is auctioning his Nobel medal for Ukrainian refugees, distraught at the eradication of independent media in his country, where he says fewer and fewer people support Moscow’s military campaign. Muratov is the bear-like co-founder and long-time editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, a newspaper critical of the Kremlin […]

Nelson Mandela’s famous shirts, belongings up for auction

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New York City, USReuters The family of late South African President Nelson Mandela is selling the anti-apartheid leader’s personal belongings to help pay for a memorial garden being built in his honour. Among the roughly 100 items are the colourful patterned Madiba shirts he wore on formal occasions, including to meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in […]

In the US, New Mexico diocese to sell off properties in online auction

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USAP The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe will be auctioning nearly 140 parcels of property next month as it seeks to settle a raft of sex abuse claims.  Church officials announced Tuesday that an online auction will begin on 21st September. Opening bids will start as low as $US500 for vacant pieces of […]

Auction held at home of late US priest who lived like a prince

Rev Jonathan Wehrle

Williamston, Michigan, USAP An auction was held on Saturday at the Lansing-area mansion of a Catholic priest who was accused of embezzling millions of dollars before he died in March while awaiting trial. There were nearly 1,000 items for sale, including about 100 pieces of furniture from the six-bedroom home, the Lansing State Journal reported. “It’s about four […]

Bidding starts at $US50,000 for Bible that went to moon

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The microform copy of the Apollo 14 lunar-landed King James Bible and other related items available for auction. PICTURE: Courtesy Nate D Sanders Auctions RNS For the collector who has almost everything, there’s a chance this week to claim ownership of a Bible that literally was out of this world. A Los Angeles auction firm […]

Egg-sized diamond for sale: proceeds to benefit Sierra Leone’s poorest

Thomson Reuters Foundation Sierra Leone will auction one of the world’s largest diamonds to fund development projects in the impoverished community where it was found, the group managing the sale said on Tuesday. The 709-carat gem, named the “peace diamond”, was found in the eastern Kono region in March by a Christian pastor who handed […]