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Sale testament to great collection

Nearly 60% of Ryrie bible lots go over estimate in New York and just 15 fail to find a new home

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A TRULY magnificent bible collection formed by the late Dr Charles Caldwell Ryrie (1925-2016), theologian, scholar and compiler of the best-selling Ryrie Study Bible, sold for a premiuminclusive $7.34m (£5.78m) at Sotheby’s New York.

Only 15 of the 195 lots failed to find new homes, 13 achieved prices in excess of $100,000, including premiums, and close on 60% of lots sold over estimate.

Top lot in this December 5 sale, at $1.4m (£1.1m) sold to an American collector, was a vellum manuscript copy of John Wycliffe’s Middle English New Testament dating from the first half of the 15th century. That important lot was illustrated and described in some detail in a preview published in ATG No 2269, along with a copy of John Eliot’s 1660s ‘Indian Bible’ that sold at $220,000 (£173,800).

Last week’s Antiquarian Books pages (ATG No 2273) included a note and illustration of a defective and incomplete manuscript of the Gospel of Luke and John in Greek that sold for $140,000 (£110,235) to an American collector.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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