Collector's book inlaid with gold worth $100,000 is Vietnam's most expensive edition
Auctioned in Paris, Truong purchased the book for $100,000, brought it home to Vietnam. The King Thieu Tri during his reign from 1841-1847, gifted this book to his concubine Vu Thi Vien in 1846. With carvings of dragon and186 Chinese scripts about the concubine, this historical 5-sheet book weighs nearly 2 kilograms and is sized 14 x 23 cm. This gold-plated book is art collector Truong’s favorite item amongst his other collectible artifacts, and he struggled a lot to get this book back to his country. As Truong says, for the first time he heard about the book from a friend in France was in 2002, and he then first saw the book in 2004. Touched and moved by seeing and holding this unique antique, Truong went to France for over ten times as a part of his efforts to bring back the book to its origin, Vietnam.The book was owned by a retired General of France who joined the Vietnam war, Truong persuaded the French man to sell the book but remained unsuccessful. Until in 2010, When Truong came to now that book will be auctioned; he successfully overcame Chinese and Western clients to own the book. To achieve this task he had to sell his house in Canada, for which the collector says that he can buy another house, but if he might have failed to own the book in auction, he would have no chance to get back the book to Vietnam.Mr. Truong has no plans to sell the book, perhaps he would present it to Vietnamese museum. As per Dr. Tran Duc Anh Son, the Hue Royal Art Museum's former director, this silver made gold-gilded book is the only historical Vietnamese book that still exists.