Alfred Moses bought the Codex Sassoon for more than $30 million - he just saw it for the first time

 

Perry Bindelglass for The American Friends of ANU The Museum of the Jewish People

Alfred Moses stands in front of the Codex Sassoon, which he purchased for more than $30 million and will be donating it to the ANU Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv.

(JTA) - On Wednesday morning, Alfred Moses, 94, sat in a small white armchair at a round wooden table in a Manhattan office building as a historian gingerly turned the pages of a more than 1,000-year-old book in front of him.

Two weeks earlier, Moses had paid a record-setting sum for the book - more than $38 million in total. But this was the first time he had ever seen it.

The book was the Codex Sassoon, the world's oldest nearly-complete copy of the Hebrew Bible, and Moses had purchased it on behalf of the ANU Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv. That morning, in Sotheby's Upper East Sid...



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