Rare ancient 'book' with earliest known full copies of two books from Bible hits auction block with eye-popping price tag

Rare ancient ‘book’ with earliest known full copies of two books from Bible hits auction block with eye-popping price tag


One of the oldest known books in existence is set to hit the auction block.

The Crosby-Schøyen Codex — a collection of early Christian writings that famed papyrologist William Willis dated to the 3rd century AD using carbon dating — will be auctioned off on Tuesday.

‘These pages are in a better state of legibility than the Dead Sea Scrolls.’

Christie’s, a London-based auction house, is handling the transaction.

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The ancient artifact is specifically “unique,” according to Eugenio Donadoni, Christie’s senior specialist in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

“This is the oldest known book in private hands and at the same time one of the oldest books in existence,” Donadoni explained. “There is evidence that codices existed earlier, but none has

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