Throughout thousands of years of human history, spanning ancient civilizations to today, few surviving artifacts have endured to communicate the historical and cultural significance that have made them singular touchstones of the human experience, leaving an indelible imprint for all time. Codex Sassoon: the earliest, most complete Hebrew Bible extant dating to the late ninth to early tenth century, has long been a foundational cornerstone to civilizations and communities around the globe and is arguably the most influential book in human history. Coming to auction for the first time in more than 30 years, Codex Sassoon will be the most valuable printed manuscript or historical document by estimate ever offered at auction. The auction will take place in New York this May, alongside Sotheby’s marquee sales of Contemporary and Modern Art, one of the most high-profile and anticipated moments of the annual auction calendar.

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