Ummah Pulse write about a spate of auctions in which ancient Qu’ranic manuscripts have fetched amazing prices:
This week Christies Auction house sold a Qur’an dated from 1203 for a record price of £1,140,500. The Qur’an was an exquisite example of Islamic art with intricate calligraphy written in gold with tafseer notes written in the margins in silver.
The Qur’an is signed by Yahya bin Muhammad ibn Umar and is dated 17th Ramadan AH 599 (6th June 1203AD). It is thought to have originated in Mesopotamia.
The expected selling price was predicted to be between £500,000 and £750,000 and so when the Qur’an sold for more than twice the expected price to an anonymous bidder it caused great excitement.
In the same auction a nearly complete 10th century Qur’an written in Kufic script was sold for £916,500 compared to its pre-sale estimate of £600,000. It is thought to originate from North Africa or the Middle East.
One doesn’t need to go to Christies to buy ancient Islamic manuscripts and antiques. You can now buy them on eBay!