Commandments goes up for auction by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills
What is believed to be the world’s earliest-known stone inscription of the Ten Commandments went up for auction yesterday by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.Heritage Auctions. The tablet is the centerpiece of the historical artifacts of the Bible, which has been researched and authenticated, it has been the property of the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, NY. The opening bid on the Ten Commandments was $250,000.
“There is nothing more fundamental to our shared heritage than the 10 Commandments,” David Michaels, the Director of Antiquities for Heritage Auctions, said in a statement. Heritage Auctions is conducting the auction in Beverly Hills.
The white marble tablet said to be 2 feet-by-2 feet, 200 pound dates back to the 4th century A.D., according to Heritage Auctions. The highly revered tablet was given to the prophet Moses by God.
The Ten Commandments were written on the tablet in an early Hebrew script called Samaritan, according to Michaels. The marble slab likely adorned the entrance of a synagogue which was side to be either destroyed by the Romans between A.D. 400 and 600 or by the crusaders in the 11th century.
The buyer is expected to agree to place the tablet on public exhibition because of an export agreement from when the tablet, which is designated as a “national treasure” of Israel, was brought to the United States.