Updated: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 03:15:00 GMT | By Ashwin Dewan/India Syndicate
Most expensive books ever sold: In Pictures

The pen is indeed mighter than the sword. A 1640 book of psalms has become the world's most expensive printed book when it was auctioned in New York for a staggering $14.2m (£8.8m). However, it is not the most expensive book ever - that title goes to a handwritten Leonardo da Vinci notebook which sold for $30.8m in 1994. Amidst the euphoria that the psalm book has generated, let us take a look at the most expensive books ever sold



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Bay Psalm Book

Price: $14.2m (£8.8m) (sold in 2013)

A 1640 book of psalms has become the world's most expensive printed book when it was auctioned in New York for a staggering $14.2m (£8.8m).

The book was meant to be a faithful translation into English of the original Hebrew psalms.

The Bay Psalm Book has achieved its status despite criticism early on about its quality.

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