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Book Of Psalms Printed In 1640 Could Net $30 Million At Auction

Bay Psalm Book Is Believed To Be First Book Printed In What's Now The U.S.
"The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre," published in 1940, could set a record when it goes up for auction. (credit: Sotheby's)

“The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre,” published in 1940, could set a record when it goes up for auction. (credit: Sotheby’s)

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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.

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