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    The first public sale of illuminations at Christie's in London in 1825 is regarded as a landmark in the history of collecting. Some 97 lots of multiple items were sold from "Choir books of the Papal Chapel of the Vatican." Dispersed during the French Revolution, these illuminations were brought to England by an enterprising curate, bibliophile, and collector-dealer, Luigi Celotti.

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