Christie’s sells a copy of the Qur’an for 6 million pounds
Saturday, June 27th, 2020
Christie’s has broken the record for a fee paid for the acquisition of a copy of the Qur’an when it sold a Timurid era copy on Thursday 25 June for six million pounds in London. The auction price went for ten times the original starting price which was set at 600,000 – 900,000 pounds.
The exquisite copy of the Qur’an consisted of 534 folios with Arabic in naskh script written on heavily coloured Chinese paper. The colours varied from deep blue, turquoise, pink purple, orange, green and cream. Many of the folios were illuminated with flowers, trees or landscapes in gold alongside the Quranic text.
It dates from fifteenth century Iran and was a part of a wider auction on the ‘Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets’. This included examples of tiles, jugs, pottery, portraiture, individual folios and some manuscripts.
The owner of this particular copy of the Qur’an has not been declared. MuslimView understands that this is the highest price that has ever been paid for a copy of the Qur’an at auction.