Sotheby's summer sale of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts achieved a total of £895,238. A precious Book of Hours from the Ghent-Bruges school led the sale and sold for £401,000. Also notable was another Book of Hours that belonged to the "Bisschopshuis" in Haarlem, which sold for 47,500. It was closely followed by a large illumination with the Three Maries at the Sepulchre, an early work by Nerio da Bologna, which achieved £43,750.
The Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts sale includes bound manuscripts, single leaves, cuttings, fragments, and miniatures, notably a slim volume concerning the life of the Benedictine monk St Laumer from the late 9th and early 10th centuries, part of which is a long-lost missing portion of a Vatican manuscript, the oldest witness to the text; the Register of Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury (1454 to 1486), a remarkable witness to the administration of Canterbury Cathedral, England’s most important medieval religious foundation; and a precious Book of Hours featuring rich flora and fauna on all text pages in the most elegant rendering of the Ghent-Bruges school. Other highlights include a previously unknown missing leaf from the Boston volume of the San Sisto Choir Psalter, illuminated by the young Matteo da Milano, and a hitherto unrecorded leaf from the celebrated Gradual of King Louis XII of France and his second wife Anne of Brittany.