D.he question “to be or not to be?” is generally applied to collectors: to have or not to have? And having it can be expensive: A first edition of William Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories & Tragedies” was now worth almost 10 million dollars to a not entirely unknown collector. The “First Folio”, printed in 1623 with pieces like “Macbeth” and “Julius Caesar”, brought in $ 9.987 million, more than any literary work before at auction, said Christie’s auction house in New York With.
Another copy of the First Folio had fetched around six million dollars at auction in 2001. From the investor’s point of view, one can speak of a fine return. However, collectors sometimes spend significantly more money on other historical publications. The most expensive book in the world is “The Codex Leicester” by Leonardo da Vinci, for which Microsoft founder Bill Gates is said to have paid the equivalent of 29 million euros in 1994. The codex consists of several handwritten sketches and texts on various scientific topics.
Superman’s debut brought in 3.2 million
According to the collector’s platform Catawiki, the original Magna Carta was auctioned for the equivalent of 20.1 million euros in 2007. The Gospel of St. Cuthbert from the 8th century brought 13.4 million euros at an auction, which is considered to be one of the first bound books in history.
But even with less old and less sophisticated works, millions can sometimes be earned. The most expensive comic book is a book in which Superman first appeared on the scene in 1938. At an online auction, the owner brought in the good piece $ 3.2 million. In this respect, Shakespeare is still a long way ahead.
A present for Gorbachev
The First Folio, which has now changed hands in New York, went to the antiquarian Stephan Loewentheil from Brooklyn, who has achieved some fame as a collector of rare books and old photographs. He has been supplying the White House with antique books on a regular basis since George Bush Sr.’s tenure. When Mikhail Gorbachev visited the President in 1990, he presented him with an old biography of George Washington, which came from Loewentheil’s holdings.
The Christie’s had originally expected the “First Folio” to generate revenues of between four and six million dollars. In a six-minute bidding dispute, the interested parties then rocked up to double the price.