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The mystery of the Timurid Qur’an

Christie’s sold the most expensive Qur’an manuscript ever in June for £7m. But where did it come from?

A 15th-century Timurid Qur'an sold for £7m at Christie's Photo: Christie's

A 15th-century Timurid Qur'an sold for £7m at Christie's Photo: Christie's

It’s not every day a rare and breathtaking art masterpiece comes up for sale. But on 25th June, Christie’s sold an exquisite 15th-century Qur’an manuscript that has few known peers. The final hammer price was £7m, the highest price ever paid for a Qur’an manuscript. What sets this manuscript apart is that its measured, delicate lines of Arabic calligraphy were limned on leaves of gold-flecked, coloured paper from Ming China. Likely…

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