Posted on 03/10/2020 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A rare and extremely old manuscript by a beloved Persian poet will head to auction.

The gold-illuminated Divan of Hafez, dated to 1462, had disappeared from a book dealer’s collection and was only just recovered late last year.

The Guardian reports that the dealer’s heirs plan to put the manuscript on the auction block on April 1, with an estimated sale price of £80,000 to £120,000 (about $104,150 to $156,200).

It’s one of the earliest copies of the Divan — whose author, Hafez, died in 1390 — and is adorned with gold and calligraphy.

You can admire the Divan in the Guardian.

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