“The Summa”: the most expensive printed book ever sold in Italy in a public auction

Luca Pacioli's masterpiece - following expectations - has been sold for € 550,000.


The Summa by Luca Pacioli (Venice, 1494) – following expectations – became on June 20th the most expensive printed book ever sold in Italy in a public auction. After a fierce auction competition over the phones, the hammer stopped at € 440,000, and the book has been sold for € 550,000 buyer’s premium included.

The rare beauty of the copy and the market’s demand – exceptionally high interest in the book by international buyers – have decreed the sale’s success. The result testifies to the stability of the prestigious books’ market in Italy -primarily scientific ones that in recent years have had a decisive surge in values.

 

The Summa by Luca Pacioli (Venice, 1494) – following expectations – became on June 20th the most expensive printed book ever sold in Italy in a public auction. After a fierce auction competition over the phones, the hammer stopped at € 440,000, and the book has been sold for € 550,000 buyer’s premium included.

The rare beauty of the copy and the market’s demand – exceptionally high interest in the book by international buyers – have decreed the sale’s success. The result testifies to the stability of the prestigious books’ market in Italy -primarily scientific ones that in recent years have had a decisive surge in values.