Monday, September 6, 2010

Emirates owner to sell Quran inscribed by Aurangzeb

The manuscript of the holy Quran - parts of which are believed to have been inscribed by Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor of India - will be up for grabs at an auction to be organised by the German auction house Auktionshaus Sebök on October 9.

According to a statement released on the official website of the auction house (, the over 300-year-old manuscript of 14.5cmx24cm size will be auctioned in Bamberg by its current Emirates owner, who chose to remain anonymous.

The owner, said Auktionshaus Sebök, acquired the copy of the Quran after it was passed down through generations of the family by his greatgrandfather, who served as the governor of Oudh during the rule of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor of the country.

The manuscript has lavish golden insets and consists of sheets of paper handcrafted from rice and natural materials.

Full report here India Today

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