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Perth, Australia Will Be Home to Legendary Prayerbook

Last edited 9th September 2014

Perth, Australia Will Be Home to Legendary Prayerbook

The fate of the legendary Rothschild Prayerbook - sold at Christie's in New York eight months ago for $15.5 million - has baffled art collectors. The 500-year-old book of prayers is the most expensive illuminated manuscript in history and considered one of the most important books in existence.

Its purchase by an anonymous bidder in a tense auction in New York in January made international headlines. While most believed the book had been snapped up by a European collector, it was secretly bought by Mr Stokes and shipped to Perth. The book, considered a renaissance masterpiece, has been hidden or locked away for much of its five centuries, which included time in the possession of the Rothschild dynasty from where it was stolen by the nazis.


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