Major Judaica Collection to Be Auctioned at Sotheby's

The collection is expected to bring approximately $11 million

Friday, Jan 11, 2013  |  Updated 10:46 AM EDT
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Major Judaica Collection to Be Auctioned at Sotheby's

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This image provided by Sotheby's shows a section of a Torah created in Italy in 1457-1465. The illuminated manuscript, known as the Frankfurt Mishneh Torah, contains text by the Middle Age Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides and carries a pre-sale estimate of $4.5 million to $6 million.

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Philanthropist and ex-Wall Street money manager Michael Steinhardt amassed a huge collection of material on Jewish history and culture over the last 30 years.
 
Now the 72-year-old wants others to be able to enjoy it.

  Sotheby's will auction Steinhardt's collection in New York on April 29 after also exhibiting it in Moscow and Jerusalem.
 
The collection is expected to bring approximately $11 million.  
 
Experts say it's the most significant collection of Judaica to come on the market in half a century.
 
The objects range from antiquity to modern times and come from every corner of the globe.  Among the highlights is a Torah from the 15th century. Its estimated value is $4.5 million to $6 million.
 
Steinhardt earned his fortune after launching his own hedge fund.
 

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