|code: 202553||Date: 2010/09/05||source: Indiatoday|
Emirates owner to sell Quran inscribed by Aurangzeb
Ahlul Bayt News Agency, The manuscript of the holy Quran - parts of which are believed to have been inscribed by Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor of India - will be up for grabs at an auction to be organised by the German auction house Auktionshaus SebÃ¶k on October 9.
According to a statement released on the official website of the auction house (www.seboek-auctions.com), the over 300-year-old manuscript of 14.5cmx24cm size will be auctioned in Bamberg by its current Emirates owner, who chose to remain anonymous.
The owner, said Auktionshaus SebÃ¶k, acquired the copy of the Quran after it was passed down through generations of the family by his greatgrandfather, who served as the governor of Oudh during the rule of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor of the country.
The manuscript has lavish golden insets and consists of sheets of paper handcrafted from rice and natural materials.
The script is written in ink made from valuable minerals, and it is inlaid with ruby, lapis lazuli and garnet, the release said.
Aurangzeb, who ruled India from 1658 to 1707, is said to have inscribed several passages himself and had entrusted the best calligrapher of the imperial palace with the preparation of the manuscript.
The Taj Mahal constructed by Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb's father who ruled India from 1627 to 1658, also finds a special mention in the manuscript.
The starting price for the Quran has been set at 900 euros (Rs 54,000). According to the auctioneers, a comparable manuscript was sold to the Sultan of Brunei for $ 10 million (Rs 46.5 crore) in 2006.
Another similar piece went to an anonymous bidder for $4.3 million (Rs 19.9 crore) in 2007, the release said. According to Auktionshaus SebÃ¶k, the current owner of the manuscript acquired the Quran from his greatgrandfather.
When the British Raj ended the Mughal rule in India, Bahadur Shah Zafar asked his confidants to select the gifts they would like to keep from his personal collection.
The great-grandfather personally selected the ancient manuscript from the emperor's library. The manuscript contains a signature of the great-grandfather, the release added.
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