10. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (J.K. Rowling) - $4.1m 9. The Gutenberg Bible- $5.2m 8. First Folio (William Shakespeare) - $6.3m 7. The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer - $7.9m 6. Birds of America (James Audubon - $12.2m 5. Rothschild Prayer Book (compilation by multiple artists) - $14.2m 4. Bay Psalm Book - $15.1m 3. St Cuthbert Gospel - $15.1m 2. Magna Carta (original exemplar) - $22.7m
Drum roll please...and the number one most valuable book to ever sell in auction is Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, which sold for $32.8m and was purchased by ‘one the richest men in the world’, Bill Gates! This 72-page notebook/scientific journal contained Da Vinci's handwritten thoughts and theories.
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