10 Livros mais Caros do Mundo (até 2012)

10 Most Expensive Books in the World (by 2012)

10. "The First Book of Urizen" by William Blake - $ 2.5 million
 
Published in 1794, "The First Book of Urizen" is one of the most important prophetic works of William Blake. In 1999 Sotheby's sold his copy for $ 2.5 million (£ 4.4 million).

9. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" by JK Rowling - $ 3.98 million
Posted in Brazil as "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," the book that emerged from the book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" became a publishing success. So Rowling wrote seven copies to hand. Six were given to friends and editors, but one was auctioned in 2007 for $ 3.98 million ($ 7 million), making it the most expensive contemporary manuscript ever sold.

8. "Geographia Cosmographia" by Claudius Ptolemy - $ 4 million
 
The first atlas of history, "Geographia Cosmographia" was auctioned by Sotheby's in London for $ 4 million ($ 7 million) in 2006.

7. "Traité des arbres fruitiers" by Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau - $ 4.5 million
 
Written by Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau and illustrated by Pierre Antoine Poiteau and Pierre Jean Francois Turpin, "Traité des arbres fruitiers" ("Treatise on Fruit Trees", in Portuguese) consists of five volumes that depict 16 varieties of fruit trees. A copy was traded for $ 4.5 million (£ 7.9 million) in 2006.

6. "The Gutenberg Bible" - $ 4.9 million
 
A copy of the Bible by Gutenberg was sold for $ 4.9 million (£ 8.6 million) in 1987 by Christie's in New York. Only 48 editions of the book are in the world.

5. "First Folio" of William Shakespeare - $ 6 million
 
Despite its original price no more than a pound, intact copies of the "First Folio" (name given to the first collection of plays by William Shakespeare) are among the works most sought after by collectors. It is estimated that of the 750 launched in 1623, only 228 still exist. In 2001, the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, has acquired for $ 6 million (£ 10.5 million).

4. "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer - $ 7.5 million
 
The first edition of "The Canterbury Tales", published in the 15th century, was auctioned by Christie's London for $ 7.5 million (£ 13.2 million).

3. "The Birds of America" ​​by James Audubon - $ 11.5 million
 
The appreciation of "The Birds of America" ​​is striking. In 2000, Christie's sold a copy for $ 8.8 million. Ten years later, the book was traded for $ 11.5 million (£ 20.2 million).

2. "The Gospels of Henry the Lion," the Order of St. Benedict - $ 11.7 million
 
Originally commissioned by Henry the Lion, to the altar of the Cathedral of Brunswick, this religious book was purchased by the German government in 1983 for $ 11.7 million (£ 20.6 million).

1. "The Codex Leicester" by Leonardo da Vinci - $ 30.8 million
 
The book of 72 pages of notes which belonged to Leonardo da Vinci was bought by Bill Gates in 1994. The amount paid by the owner of Microsoft was U.S. $ 30.8 million (£ 54.3 million), making it the world's most valuable work. At least the businessman made good use of the book. Its pages were scanned and distributed as a screen saver of Microsoft Plus!, For Windows 95.

Source: economist.com

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