World’s smallest book of the Lord’s Prayer sold at auction

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One of the world’s smallest books in the world, measuring only 5mm by 5 mm, containing multilingual versions of the Lord’s Prayer has been sold at an auction in Brussels.

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The leather-bound book, which  contains versions of the Lord’s Prayer in Dutch, English, American English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish, was initially priced between 1,000 and 1,500 euros, but an anonymous buyer acquired it at the Arenberg Auctions auction in Brussels for the total cost of €4,200.

“The printed text is so minuscule that you cannot read it with the naked eye, but need a strong magnifying glass,” auctioneer Henri Godts told The Guardian.

According to The Guardian, the book, titled The Lord’s Prayer, was one of a few hundred published in 1952 by the Gutenberg Museum, in Mainz, Germany, as part of a fundraising initiative to pay for the building’s reconstruction after the second world war.

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