Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Oldest Spanish Torah Scroll Sold

At Sotheby’s for about $400,000

Print Email
Northern Spanish Torah scroll, late 13th century.(Sotheby's New York)

The oldest surviving complete Torah scroll from pre-Inquisition Spain was sold at Sotheby’s yesterday to an unnamed American private collector for $398,500—not quite the half-million bucks the auction house gave as the high estimate, but impressive nonetheless. The 700-year-old scroll was put up for sale by Rabbi Yitzchok Reisman, a Torah scribe and repairman on New York’s Lower East Side who bought it for less than $40,000 a decade ago from a Moroccan family of Spanish origin now living in Israel. Not a bad return—and, as is its wont, Sotheby’s did the rabbi the favor of giving him a photograph of the scroll as a keepsake.

Torah Scroll, Kabbalistic Circle of Shem Tov Ben Abraham Ibn Gaon, Northern Spain [Sotheby’s]
Related: Treasure Trove [Tablet]

Print Email
Ariel says:

Is this a rare artifact for a museum or just a good unvestment..

Your line of thought is absolutely great.

Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this information. Today bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is actually annoying. A good web site with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for keeping this web-site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can’t find it.

I’ve said that least 973291 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Oldest Spanish Torah Scroll Sold

At Sotheby’s for about $400,000

More on Tablet:

Orthodox Man Refuses To Sit Next to Feminist Activist on Airplane

By Elana Sztokman — Elana Sztokman flies the not-so friendly skies home to Israel