WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE MANUSCRIPT
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What is the most expensive manuscript in the world?
The word “Casanova” conjures up
images of men who like to play the field, and have several different lovers at
one time. This of course, is because the famous Giacomo Casanova had countless
lovers in his lifetime. And if that’s not enough to shock you, then maybe
knowing that at least one of those lovers was a nun will. In addition to this,
several of Casanova’s lovers were also other men.
Casanova worked as the librarian for Count
Waldstein in the Castle of Dux, Bohemia, from 1789 to 1798. It was during this
time that he decided to pen his memories so that they could last far beyond his
lifetime. The book is called Histoire de me vieł or History of My Life. Inside,
readers will find detailed accounts of Casanova’s relationship with over 100 of
these lovers. While this may seem like a trashy romance all balled up into one,
there’s great interest in Casanova’s life, especially since the public has only
had access to bits and pieces of it until this time.
The manuscript contains 3,700 pages and was
originally held by the Brockhaus family in 1820. The Brockhaus family even
managed to keep the manuscript in one piece throughout the bombing of Leipzig
after World War II. It was just after the war that the manuscript was smuggled
out of Germany on an American military truck but it wasn’t until fifteen years
later that the manuscript was published.
In early 2010, the French National Library wanted
the original manuscript so badly that they paid 7 million francs for it. That’s
more than 9.4 million American dollars! This of course, makes it the most
expensive written manuscript in the world!