It’s one of the oldest books ever published in North America, and now it’s going to be auctioned off.
According to Huffington Post, members of a church in Boston have recently voted to auction one of the original copies of the Bay Psalm Book, which was originally published in 1640. There are only 11 copies of the book left, and The Old South Church in Boston had two of them.
The Bay Psalm Book is expected to sell for between $10 and $20 million. But getting the okay for the auction didn’t go without a bit of controversy. Some were upset to see the church let go of the historic, valuable book. Nonetheless, an overwhelming majority of the church’s Board of Trustees voted in favor of the auction because it would take care of some of the church’s “critical capital needs.”
Nineteen pieces of Colonial jewelry will also be auctioned.