Gutenberg Bible

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The Gutenberg Bible is a printed version of the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible, created by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-1400s.[1] It was the first major work completed on Gutenberg's newly invented movable type press. It allowed for the first widespread dissemination of the Bible to the masses. As of 2007, only 48 copies of the original Gutenberg Bible are known to exist, of which only nine are complete.[2][3]

The Gutenberg Bible is the rarest and most valuable book in the world. In 1978, prior to an escalation in value of auctions for rare items, a complete Gutenberg Bible sold for $2 million. A decade later, an incomplete copy sold for a price in excess of $5 million.

Sometimes merely a page from a Gutenberg Bible can sell for more than $100,000.

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