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World's oldest Hebrew Bible sells for $38.1 mln

STORY: The world's oldest and most complete Hebrew Bible

has been sold at auction for $38.1 million

Locator: New York

making it the most valuable manuscript

ever sold at auction, according to Sotheby’s

The ‘Codex Sassoon’ dates back to

the late 9th or early 10th century

(Sharon Liberman Mintz, Sotheby's)

“This manuscript, Codex Sassoon, written around the year 900, contains all the books of the Hebrew Bible in one single format. It is the earliest time that we have an almost complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible.”

It offers a critical link bridging Jewish oral

tradition to the modern Hebrew Bible

The document has surpassed the $30.8 million sale of

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester manuscript in 1994