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In sooth, bid for it!

There are those who prefer to show that they are persons of taste by hanging a chandelier from their living room ceiling.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 01:03 IST

There are those who prefer to show that they are persons of taste by hanging a chandelier from their living room ceiling. Then there are those who would rather place a leather-bound (and unopened) Complete Works of Shakespeare in their living room bookshelf for all to see. But for the real cognoscento who likes to flash a bit of taste and erudition, nothing can be more worth possessing than the first folio edition of the Bard’s complete plays.

Sotheby’s is putting the precious 1623 tome under the hammer and it should fetch a fetching £ 2.5-3.5 million. The seller is an old theological institution in London who need the cash. Just how precious this edition is can be very simply gauged by the fact that this was the first edition in which nine plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest came out in print — a bit surprising considering that one would have expected a page-turner like Macbeth to have come out as individual editions like other plays.

Only about a third of the 750 editions of the first folio survive, but most of them aren’t in good shape. So for anyone saving up money and aspiring for an object of class, July should be a good time to break that piggy bank. What say thee, Vijay Mallya? Time to disembark from yonder yacht and make a bid?