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A Romanesque binding -- Ehrman's most expensive purchase. French, 12th century. Reddish brown sheepskin over wooden boards, decorated with a combination of individual tools depicting animals and grotesques. Against fierce competition, Albert Ehrman bought it at the Lucius Wilmerding sale in New York in October 1951 for £6,000. Wilmerding had paid E. P. Goldschmidt £300 for the book in 1934. A larg…