A religious script selling for $2.33 million is a pleasant surprise. It proves that wealthy folks are not only spending on gadgets and blinged stuff but also in name of god. This 13th century Koran was sold for 1.14 million pounds ($2.33 million) on Tuesday, setting two world auction records. At Christie’s auction house, the Koran fetched more than four times its pre-sale estimate of 250,000 pounds ($500,000). This copy of the Quran, written in 1203, is believed to be the oldest known complete copy. Written in gold, this holy book has also set a world auction record for any Islamic manuscript.
“Today’s extraordinary sale total is one of the highest ever for Islamic art at Christie’s, reflecting the depth of demand and very strong prices realized throughout the field of classical Islamic art,” Christie’s director of Islamic art, William Robinson, said in a statement.