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First assortment of Shakespeare’s performs sells for nearly $10 million

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© Reuters. A 1663 uncommon first folio of 36 Shakespeare works bought in New York

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By Jill Serjeant

(Reuters) – A uncommon 1623 guide that introduced collectively William Shakespeare’s performs for the primary time bought for a file $9.97 million at public sale on Wednesday, Christie’s in New York stated.

The First Folio containing 36 of Shakespeare’s performs, one among solely six recognized full copies in non-public fingers, was purchased by American non-public collector Stephan Loewentheil, founding father of the nineteenth Century Uncommon Guide and {Photograph} Store on the U.S. east coast.

Wednesday’s public sale worth additionally marked a brand new world public sale file for any printed work of literature, and smashed the earlier excessive of $6.16 million for a Shakespeare First Folio that was set in 2001, public sale firm Christie’s stated.

“Comedies, Histories and Tragedies” was compiled by buddies of the English playwright seven years after his loss of life. It consists of 18 performs that had by no means been printed earlier than and may need been misplaced, together with “Macbeth” and “Julius Caesar.”

“It’s an honor to buy one among solely a handful of full copies of this epochal quantity. It would finally function a centerpiece of an excellent assortment of mental achievements of man,” Loewentheil stated in an announcement.

The First Folio marked the primary time that Shakespeare’s performs had been organized as comedies, tragedies and histories. The guide’s massive measurement – beforehand reserved for legislation books and works of theology – helped elevate Shakespeare’s standing in future years, Christie’s books specialists stated.

With out the First Folio a few of Shakespeare’s most well-known traces would seemingly have been misplaced, together with classics like “Buddies, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears,” from “Julius Caesar,” and “If music be the meals of affection, play on,” from “Twelfth Night time.”

Wednesday’s sale was the primary time in almost 20 years {that a} full copy of the First Folio had come to public sale. It was put up for public sale by Mills School, a personal liberal arts faculty in Oakland, California.

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