Friday, May 19, 2023

Codex Sassoon sold for $38.1M, is going to Israel

SOLD! Codex Sassoon, oldest near-complete Hebrew Bible, purchased for $38.1 million. Rare, 1,100-year-old manuscript to be displayed at ANU Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv after former US envoy to Romania submits winning bid (JACKIE HAJDENBERG and ASAF SHALEV, JTA via Times of Israel).
The Codex Sassoon, a leather-bound, handwritten parchment volume containing a nearly complete Hebrew Bible, was purchased by former US Ambassador to Romania Alfred H. Moses on behalf of the American Friends of ANU and donated to ANU Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, where it will join the collection, the Sotheby’s auction house said in statement.
Good for Mr. Moses! He did the right thing. I wonder if he is a PaleoJudaica reader? Maybe not. But I have been calling for the buyer to donate the manuscript to a museum in Israel.

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