Religion: Gutenberg Sale

A steal at $999,999

Johann Gutenberg had to go into debt to finish the first Bible ever printed, a two-volume edition. Plagued by lawsuits and lack of cash, he struggled for two years fashioning each character and symbol by hand—46,000 pieces in all. When it was completed in 1454, the 150-copy paper edition fetched about 20 guilders (roughly $1,000) apiece; the 35 parchment copies were a little more. Now three of the 48 complete or partial Gutenberg Bibles still known to exist are on the market in New York City. The asking price has...

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