A copy of Shakespeare's First Foli at Christie's New York. Image: Courtesy of Christie's Auctions via AFP Relaxnews

Shakespeare First Folio sold for record $10 million

October 16th, 2020

A copy of the first collection of plays by William Shakespeare was sold Wednesday for $9.97 million at auction in New York, setting a new record for a work of literature.

The price paid for the work, widely known as the First Folio exceeded by far the estimated range of $4 to 6 million set by Christie’s, which held the auction.

The collection, printed in 1623 and containing 36 plays by the English master, is frequently described as the greatest literary work in the English language.


A copy of Shakespeare’s First Foli at Christie’s New York. Image: Courtesy of Christie’s Auctions via AFP Relaxnews


It was published after the death of the Bard, who lived from 1564 until 1616, and was compiled by two of his friends, John Heminge and Henry Condell.

It contains major works which would probably have been lost were it not for the collection, including “Macbeth” and “Twelfth Night.”

Several books have brought in higher prices, such as the Codex Leicester of Leonardo De Vinci, which Bill Gates bought for $30.8 million in 1994.

But none is a literary work of fiction. RGA


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