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An Original Copy of Shakespeare’s First Full
Collection Sold for $10 Million at Auction

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Posted By: StormCnter, 10/15/2020 1:43:44 PM

In what has been called a once-in-a-generation event, a complete and original copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio sold for a record-setting price just under $10 million at auction earlier this week. The First Folio, published in 1623, was the first complete printed collection of Shakespeare’s plays. Published seven years after the author’s death, the book marked not only the first complete collection of Shakespeare’s works, but also the first time those works were organized as comedies, tragedies and histories. There are around 235 copies known to exist, and only six complete ones owned privately.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Avikingman 10/15/2020 1:56:27 PM (No. 573450)
Sounds cheap IMHO.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Tptems 10/15/2020 2:25:01 PM (No. 573478)
Agree with #1. I would think they could sell for as much as Van Gogh painting, or other famous artwork.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: john56 10/15/2020 3:05:18 PM (No. 573511)
$10 million for a bunch of old, white supremacist European paternalistic garbage. Maybe some rich "woke" jackwagon bought it and will save humanity by burning it in a fire pit. Well, unless that releases greenhouse gases.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: mythman 10/15/2020 3:51:04 PM (No. 573568)
The opened copy shown in the photo has, sadly, been "guillotined", i.e. cropped, trimmed, or cut at all the margins. Note that when the book is opened it is difficult to see the page content at the "crack" or center of the book. That is because the "spine" of the book, the part that shows when a book is closed and in a bookcase, has been severely trimmed. The outer edge margins have been severely trimmed too, so that the text there ends abruptly. The binding is 18th century calf, which is the epoch when the book was trimmed and re-bound. To my mind, these considerations bring down the book's value considerably.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1 10/15/2020 4:53:40 PM (No. 573653)
a fancy talking dead white person.
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