Australian media mogul pays $15 million for a 514-year-old prayerbook that was stolen by Adolf Hitler during World War II
- The Rothschild Prayerbook was created in the 16th century and used for private worship
- It was purchased by Channel Seven chairman Kerry Stokes this year
- The prayerbook will take its place in his private collection in Perth, WA
- Soon it will go on a tour of the east coast to Canberra and Melbourne
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A 514-year-old book which contains 67 paintings created by some of the most talented Renaissance artists has been purchased for more than $15 million by Channel Seven chairman Kerry Stokes.
The Rothschild Prayerbook, also known as a Book of Hours, was once owned by a European banking family, the Rothschilds, and was taken from them by Adolf Hitler in 1938 when Austria was invaded by the Nazis.
Each page of the prayerbook — which was created in the 16th century and used for private worship — is made of animal skin and lined with gold leafing.
It is not known who commissioned it to be made or how four pages of it went missing.
Channel Seven chairman Kerry Stokes purchased the 514-year-old book for $15.5 million
The Rothschild Prayerbook contains 67 paintings done by some of the most talented Renaissance artists
When Hilter took the prayerbook from the Rothschilds, he stored it in the Nazi vaults with other pieces of priceless art works until it was moved to the Vienna Library, presumably because he thought it would be safer there.
After the fall of the Nazis, the library refused to return the prayerbook to the Rothschilds.
The family waged a 60-year battle with the Austrian government to get it back.
In 1999, it was finally returned to its rightful owners, giá tranh vinh quy bái tổ bằng đồng according to Channel Seven’s .
The book then went under the hammer at a Christie’s auction months later in England and was purchased by an anonymous buyer.
The prayerbook was not to be seen for giá tranh vinh quy bái tổ bằng đồng another 15 years.
The prayerbook was created in the 16th century and used for private worship
It is not known how four pages of the book went missing but it was once owned by Adolf Hitler
But then in 2014, it re-appeared at another Christie’s auction at New York City’s Rockefeller Centre.