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First-edition copy of Book of Mormon sells for $45,000

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 3:14 p.m. MDT

The title page of a first edition copy of the Book of Mormon. The book will be auctioned off at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on Tuesday, April 8. (Provided by Swann Auction Galleries) The title page of a first edition copy of the Book of Mormon. The book will be auctioned off at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on Tuesday, April 8. (Provided by Swann Auction Galleries)

A first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon sold for $45,000 to a private collector at the Printed & Manuscript Americana auction in New York on Tuesday.

One of 5,000 originally printed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830, the book was discovered in an estate auction as part of a box of books that sold for $220. It once belonged to a man named Guy H. Bevington (1889-1958) of West Bridgewater, Pa., who wrote his name in the book.

Prior to the auction, the estimated value of the book was said to be between $40,000 and $60,000. The final bid was $36,000 and a buyer's premium of 25 percent ($9,000) was added to the final price.

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