American dealer Lew Feldman equalled the world record bid at an auction when he bought a manuscript by the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer in London on Thursday (6 June).
GV EXTERIOR Christie's
CU INTERIOR cover of Chaucer manuscript (2 shots)
CU Pages (2 shots)
CU Cicero The Orator (2 shots)
CU Rationale Durandus inscription and pages (3 shots)
CU Cover Vergil Bucolics pages (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Rationale Durandus book to auctioneer
GV PAN bidders to auctioneer
SCU Auctioneer repeating last price
SV PAN FROM Chaucer book to auctioneer
GV Bidding (2 shots)
SV Auctioneer completes bidding for GBP 90,000
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Background: American dealer Lew Feldman equalled the world record bid at an auction when he bought a manuscript by the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer in London on Thursday (6 June).
Mr. Feldman paid GBP 90,000 sterling (216,000 dollars) for the manuscript of Chaucer's famous Canterbury Tales. Experts believe it was written in London between 1440 and 1450.
The manuscript was one of about 30 items in the most important sale of early books in the world for thirty years. All the books came from the Duke of Devonshire's library at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
The first book to be printed in Italy, Cicero's De Oratore produced by the monastery of Subiaco near Rome in 1465 fetched GBP 60,000 sterling (144,000 dollars) -- the second highest price of the day.
The oldest book in the sale was Rationale Divinorum Officiorum by Durandus. It was printed in Mainz. West Germany on vellum in 1459 and sold for GBP 48,000 sterling (about 115,000 dollars).
Because of the importance of the books and manuscripts in the sale, Christie's, the London dealers who conducted the auction, put the manuscripts on show in their New York office two months before the sale for the benefit of collectors, museums and dealers.
The 6th Duke of Devonshire collected most of the books and manuscripts in a sale in the last century.