NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A book of psalms believed to be the first book ever printed in what is now the United States could set a record when it goes up for auction.
“The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre,” from 1640 could sell for as much as $30 million when it hits the auction block at Sotheby’s later Tuesday.
The Bay Psalm Book has a presale estimate is $15 million to $30 million.
Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book survive in varying degrees of completeness.
Boston’s Old South Church is selling one of its two copies.
It could set an auction record for any printed book.
A copy of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America” is the current record-holder. It sold for $11.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2010.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- $7,000 Radiation Device Stolen From Car In Connecticut
- FBI: 3 Break Into Banks Through Roof, Steal $5 Million In Cash, Valuables
- Police Brutality March Organizers Tell White Protesters To Move To Back Of Demonstration
- NYPD ‘Bee Brigade’ Ready For Sting Operations In NYC
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)