Ancient Jewish Prayer Book Sells for Record-Breaking $8.3 Million

Oct 20, 2021 | Record Breaking Price

A medieval Jewish prayer book sold for $8.3 million at the Sotheby’s auction house on Tuesday, fetching the highest price ever paid for a Hebrew manuscript.

Known as the Luzzatto High Holiday Mahzor, the rare book is named after its former owner, a 19th-century scholar, theologian, poet and book collector by the name of Samuel David Luzzatto. It originated in Germany’s Bavaria region in the late 13th or early 14th century. Over the years, the prayer book traveled to Italy and France.

In 1870, it was purchased by the Alliance Israelite Universelle, a Jewish cultural institution in France. Despite concerns that it would go to private hands, the institute said the move was necessary, citing financial debt.… Read Full Article | https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/10/20/ancient-jewish-prayer-book-sells-for-record-breaking-8-3-million/

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