Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pricey pictures of books

Michael Lieberman on Book Patrol points out that the two top-grossing pictures in Christie’s Nov. 6 auction of Impressionist and Modern art contained images of books. They were “Book, Pipe and Glasses” by Juan Gris (above) for $20 million and Picasso's "Two People" for $16 million.

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