An unusual by its physical size lot was put up for auction last Saturday in Brussels. As reported by The Brussels Times, one of the world’s smallest and rarest books went under the hammer.
It was a prayer book, published by the German Gutenberg Museum in 1952 with a circulation of just a few dozen copies. The size of the leather-bound book is only 5 millimeters by 5 millimeters. “The printed text is so small that it cannot be read with the naked eye and requires a strong magnifying glass,” explained antiquities expert Henry Gods.
It is reported that the original cost of the “baby” was estimated by experts of the auction house about a thousand euros. However, the demand for the rare piece was so great that the final price was more than three times the estimate and with all expenses reached 4,200 euros.