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Una Dotta Mano is being billed as the world's most expensive, most beautiful new book. It's valued at over $100,000. The 62-pound velvet- and marble-bound edition depicts the life and work of Michelangelo - and it has arrived at the New York Public Library fresh from a printing press in Italy and is now on display through Dec. 8. (The copy on display was donated to the library, but more than 20 of the handmade books, which take six months to make, have been sold.)
The book is filled with photographs of Michelangelo's drawings and sculptures. The text is by Michelangelo biographer Giorgio Vasari, with essays by the director of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci.