Sunday, April 14, 2013

For the First Time Since 1947, a Bay Psalm Book Will Change Hands

One of the eleven remaining copies of the very first American book produced in America is for sale.  And for a mere $30 million you can just about guarantee that it will be yours - just register with Sotheby's for the Bay Psalm Book auction scheduled for November 26, 2013 in New York.  

The last copy of the Bay Psalm Book to change hands was purchased way back in 1947 by Yale University for a then, whopping $151,000.  

This copy is expected to sell for something between $15 million and the $30 million I mentioned earlier.  It is one of two copies owned by Boston's Old South Church, whose leadership plans to use auction proceeds for repairs to the building and for various programs sponsored by the church.  



  1. Holy moly -- that's a lot of money for a book. I don't think I have ever heard of such a fetching price for a book. Definitely at this particular auction I would hesitate to even breathe, for fear that any motion would indicate I am challenging that $30,000,000 bid!

  2. I doubt I could afford the entry fee, Dave. But, like you, if I got myself inside that room, I doubt I would dare even blink for fear of inadvertently making a bid on something.