$22,000 Sistine Chapel Book

October 29 2020

Image of $22,000 Sistine Chapel Book

Picture: Callaway Arts and Entertainment

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Art lovers are quite used to paying eyewatering sums of money for beautiful books. But this particular example is quite staggering indeed. A publisher has just released a special three volume book entitled The Sistine Chapel. New photography of Michelangelo's frescos has enabled the publishers to reproduce 1:1 scale images of the wall paintings. They also claim that the images are '99.4% accurate in terms of colour'.* The entire set will cost no less than $22,000.

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I don't about you, but I'd rather spend that sort of money on a reasonable old master in a day sale auction.

* - Where did the other 0.6% of colour disappear to, I wonder?

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