An update on the world's most expensive book, first talked about here in September....and an excuse to show you this exquisite illustration again! The complete volume of John James Audubon's The Birds of America went to auction in New York on Tuesday and fetched US$10.3m, claiming a new record for literary treasures. It's no small volume either, The Economist says the book measures 91cm x 61cm and includes 435 life size hand-coloured illustrations of birds from North America.
The newspaper produced a chart tabling the top ten most expensive books (excluding four other copies of The Birds of America which would have made the list). Click on the chart to enlarge.