A world record price of 310,000 pounds sterling (600,000 U.S. dollars) was paid at an?
GV New Bond Street PAN TO Sotheby's
CU Sign Spring Islamic sale
CU Persian manuscripts on polished paper
CU Buyer bidding PAN TO Auctioneer ZOOM INTO manuscripts
CU ZOOM OUT Manuscripts TO GV manuscripts knocked down for Str. GBP 310,000
Al-Jazari is described by Sotheby's as probably the greatest Medieval Islamic technologist ever and the manuscript auctioned was the second earliest copy still available. The previous record paid for a Persian art treasure was 280,00 pounds sterling (540,000 U.S. dollars) in 1976 at Christies, another major auction house in London.
AUCTIONEER: "160,000 new pace.... 170,000.... 180,000.... 190,000.... 200,000.... 210,000.... 220,000.... 240,000.... 250,000.... 280,000.... 300,000.... 300,000.... 310,000.... at 310 thousand pounds, it is on my left now, at 310 thousand pounds .... 310.... Jones."
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Background: A world record price of 310,000 pounds sterling (600,000 U.S. dollars) was paid at an auction in London on Monday (3 April) for a rare Persian manuscript, believed to be more than 400 years old. Reuters reports that the buyer, who refused to give his name, was a wealthy Iranian art collector.
SYNOPSIS: The auction took place at Sotheby's in London, one of the world's leading auction houses. And the manuscript of Al-Jazari's "Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices" was one of the main features of the house's Spring Islamic Series of auctions.