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Art market returns with record Quran sale

The London art market made a quiet return in June, but with an auction record for an Islamic manuscript, when a 15th century Persian Quran sold at Christie’s for £7m ($8.8m), with fees included. This was ten times the estimate and almost double the previous £3.7m record for a Quran, recorded at Christie’s London last year. The Art Newspaper said sources suggested the Quran may be going to Saudi Arabia. Christie’s declined to comment.

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