NEW YORK — Philanthropist and former Wall Street money manager Michael Steinhardt began collecting objects of Jewish history and culture three decades ago, eventually amassing a trove of manuscripts, textiles and art worth millions of dollars.
Now, the 72-year-old wants to sell his more than 500-piece collection so others can enjoy it.
Sotheby’s will auction the collection in New York on April 29 after exhibiting it around the world.
The collection is estimated to bring approximately $11 million at auction.
The Judaica material spans thousands of years, from antiquity to modern times, and contains objects from every corner of the globe.
Among the highlights is a Torah from the 15th century with an estimated value of $4.5 million to $6 million.
A great supporter of Jewish causes, Steinhardt started the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, which seeks to revitalize Jewish identity through educational and cultural initiatives. He is also the co-founder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, which sends young Jews to Israel for free.