Rare collection of Renaissance books could sell for $25 million at auction

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Different editions of the Bible are seen on a shelf at the Pashkov House, a famous neoclassical mansion and home to the Russian State Library, known during the Soviet era as the Lenin Library, after it reopened following restoration works in central Moscow, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) Sergey Ponomarev/AP

Rare collection of Renaissance books could sell for $25 million at auction

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Over 1,300 16th century French and Italian works from the personal collection of American bibliophile T. Kimball Brooker could fetch upward of $25 million at auction.

The Renaissance works are slated to be auctioned individually through Sotheby’s, according to a report.

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Prices for each work will purportedly range from $200 to $600,000.

An early version of Leonardo da Vinci’s A Treatise on Painting is anticipated to sell for anywhere between $120,000 and $180,000.

Still in their original bindings, the works offer scholars and collectors alike a unique opportunity to study the past.

They will learn “how the book was viewed at the time, and how it was used and who was reading it,” Charlotte Miller, a text and manuscripts specialist with Sotheby’s, said.

Books “are not just objects sitting on their own,” she said. “They are there to be used, they are there to be read.”

Brooker first began assembling his collection after purchasing a 16th century Cicero book of orations for $10 in 1959 while traveling in Paris, the report noted.

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“It’s a very focused collection, but it’s also a very large collection,” according to David Goldthorpe, Sotheby’s regional head of books and manuscripts.

“It’s the sort of collection you would expect to find in an ancient European palace.”

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