Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Well, fear not! We found a way for you to spend it. Sotheby’s is auctioning off what scholars in the field have described as “the finest private library of Hebrew books and manuscripts in the world.”
From The New York Times:
These 13,000 books and manuscripts were primarily collected by one man, Jack V. Lunzer, who was born in Antwerp in 1924, lives in London and made his fortune as a merchant of industrial diamonds. The collection’s geographical scale is matched by its temporal breadth, which extends over a millennium. But this endeavor is not just an exercise in bibliophilia. These are all books written in Hebrew or using Hebrew script, many of them rare or even unique. Most come from the earliest centuries of Hebrew printing in their places of origins and thus map out a history of the flourishing of Jewish communities around the world… Sotheby’s has put it on sale as a single collection. Through next Thursday it is being handsomely displayed to the public.
To read whole Times article, click here.
And, if you’re interested in viewing this collection, check out Sotheby’s viewing schedule.
The exhibition of the Valmadonna Trust Library is on view through next Thursday at Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, at 72nd Street, Manhattan; (212) 606‑7000.
Above Photo: Rob Bennett for The New York Times