9 Amazing Rare Bibles in a Collection Worth $7.3 Million
Many Christians consider the Bible to be priceless, but there are many copies worth substantially more than their weight in gold.
Esteemed Bible scholar and theologian Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie passed away in February of this year, and his vast collection of rare Bibles and Christian texts was auctioned off this month for a whopping $7.3 million. Ryrie's collection included many impressive finds, including ancient Greek manuscripts as well as one of only 9 original versions of the King James Bible from 1611.
PJ Media chose 9 of these amazing finds to share, from cheapest to most expensive. Some of them may surprise you — the sticker price surely will.
1. The Holy Bible in English.
Robert Barker, the printer whose shop released the King James Bible, printed many editions of the Holy Bible. Ryrie's collection included many of them. While not part of the first edition, bibles like this one are just as old, and this version included a very cool map of Canaan, as seen in the photo. Printed in 1613, this bible was sold for $2,250.
2. The "Queen Mary Bible."
This bible, printed by Edward Whitchurch in 1553, includes a crude drawing of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Estimated to sell between $3,000 and $5,000, it actually went for $10,000.
3. Venetian Bible.
This bible, printed between 1482 and 1483 in Venice, includes the commentary of Nicolaus de Lyra. It sold for $12,500 (estimated between $15,000 and $20,000).
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