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Rare Herzl Note Sold at Israeli Auction for $100,000

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A rare note written by Theodor Herzl over 100 years ago was sold at an Israeli auction on Wednesday for $100,000.

The note, which was sold to an American collector, was written in German and signed by Herzl. It is dated February 1, 1903, and says “Was man recht will das muss man träumen denken sagen und tuen” – “What a man truly wants, he must dream about, think about, tell about and do.”

The note came from the estate of a Berlin rabbi. It was publicly auctioned by Ishtar Arts & Antiques, a Tel Aviv auction house.

“This is an unknown saying by Herzl, and the item aroused great interest worldwide,” said Ishtar’s owner, Jonathan Livny. “Ten buyers from around the world competed for it.”

The starting price for the note was $1,000, but because of the great demand, it ultimately went for $81,000. The auction house’s fee then brought the final price to $100,000.

“As far as I know, this is the most expensive item connected to Herzl ever sold at auction,” Livny said.

Theodor Herzl at the Fifth Zionist Congress, 1901.
The note was written by Herzl 100 years ago. Courtesy of Ishtar Arts & Antiques

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