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Shakespeare's First Folio to be sold at auction in New York in April



Los Angeles, United States  /  Sun, January 12, 2020  /  07:03 pm
Shakespeare's First Folio to be sold at auction in New York in April

Shakespeare's 'First Folio', containing the playwright's 36 plays and dating from 1623, is seen in an undated photo before going up for an auction where it is expected to fetch between 4 and 6 million dollars, in New York City, United States. (Courtesy of Christie's/Handout via REUTERS./File)

A rare 1623 book that brought together William Shakespeare's works for the first time will go up for auction in April, Christie's auction house announced on Friday.

The book, called Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, is expected to sell for between $4 million and $6 million, the auctioneer said. Widely known as the First Folio, it is one of only six known complete copies in private hands.

The First Folio contains Shakespeare's 36 plays, including several that had never been published before and might have been lost without it, such as MacbethThe Tempest, and As You Like It. It was compiled by friends of the writer after his death.

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The copy coming up for sale will be displayed on tour, starting next week in London, before heading to New York, Hong Kong and Beijing. It will be returned to New York for auction on April 24.

The book is being sold by Mills College, a private liberal arts college in Oakland, California.

The record auction price of a First Folio is nearly $6.2 million, paid in 2001, Christie's said.

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