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Australian Media Mogul Pays $15 Million For A 514-year-old Prayerbook
Australian Media Mogul Pays $15 Million For A 514-year-old Prayerbook
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Australian media mogul pays $15 million for a 514-year-old prayerbook that was stolen by Adolf Hitler during World War II 
The Rothschild Prayerbook was created in the 16th century and used for private worship  
It was purchased by Channel Seven chairman Kerry Stokes this yearThe prayerbook will take its place in his private collection in Perth, WA 
Soon it will go on a tour of the east coast to Canberra and Melbourne 
By Published: 18:28 BST, 7 September 2014 | Updated: 19:45 BST, 7 September 2014 <li data-anchor="tl" data-twitter-status=" website via @MailOnline" data-formatted-headline="Australian media mogul pays $15 million for a 514-year-old prayerbook" data-hide-email="true" data-article-id="2746949" data-article-channel-follow-button="MailOnline" data-is-channel="false" id="shareLinkTop" class="share-icons" data-placement="top" website A 514-year-old book which contains 67 paintings created by some of the most talented Renaissance artists has been purchased for more than $15 million by Channel Seven chairman Kerry Stokes.The Rothschild Prayerbook, also known as a Book of Hours, was once owned by a European banking family, Places to sell lacquer paintings in tphcm the Rothschilds, and was taken from them by Adolf Hitler in 1938 when Austria was invaded by the Nazis.Each page of the prayerbook - which was created in the 16th century and used for private worship - is made of animal skin and lined with gold leafing.It is not known who commissioned it to be made or how four pages of it went missing. 
Channel Seven chairman Kerry Stokes purchased the 514-year-old book for $15.5 million The Rothschild Prayerbook contains 67 Binh Duong lacquer paintings done by some of the most talented Renaissance artists When Hilter took the prayerbook from the Rothschilds, Binh Duong lacquer Paintings to worship the dead ancestors he stored it in the Nazi vaults with other pieces of priceless art works until it was moved to the Vienna Library, presumably because he thought it would be safer there.After the fall of the Nazis, the library refused to return the prayerbook to the Rothschilds.The family waged a 60-year battle with the Austrian government to get it back.  
  
RELATED ARTICLES Share this article Share In 1999, it was finally returned to its rightful owners, according to Channel Seven's . 
The book then went under the hammer at a Christie's auction months later in England and was purchased by an anonymous buyer.The prayerbook was not to be seen for another 15 years. The prayerbook was created in the 16th century and used for private worship It is not known how four pages of the book went missing but it was once owned by Adolf Hitler But then in 2014, it re-appeared at another Christie's auction at New York City's Rockefeller Centre.As a phone bidder, Mr Stokes - an art enthusiast - bought the slice of history for $15.5 million to add to his collection in Perth in Western Australia.

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