NY, Israel museums jointly buy Hebrew manuscript

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 11:33 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The Israel Museum have jointly purchased a 15th century illuminated Hebrew manuscript

Sotheby's announced Monday that the two institutions have acquired The Mishneh (MIHSH'-nah) Torah from the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection. It was about to be put up for auction in New York City.

It's the second of a two-volume manuscript. The first is housed in the Vatican.

The Mishneh Torah had a pre-auction estimate of $4.5 million to $6 million.

Sotheby's declined to say how much the two museums paid. But it was more than the $2.9 million paid for a Hebrew Bible in 1989 at Sotheby's, which set an auction record for Judaica.

The remainder of the Steinhardt collection is being held as scheduled on Monday.

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