Most Expensive Books in the World (Ranked)

Birds of America by John James Audubon - $11.5 million

8. Birds of America by John James Audubon – $11.5 million

Born in 1785, ornithologist John James Audubon created a mesmerizing graphical compilation of the USA’s birds with his gorgeously illustrated, four-volume book, ‘Birds of America’. These painstakingly drawn books have fetched equally awe-inspiring numbers at auctions as well.

In 2005, one of these copies were bought for a mind-boggling $11.5 million. But that’s not all! Taking the values that the other copies were sold at, the copies of ‘Birds of America’ have collectively fetched $50.6 million!
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