The Post-2002 DSS-like Fragments: A Price List

Updated: 5 Januar 2018

No. Content Designations

Asking price

Purchase price
Dealer/seller ➤ Collector/buyer
1 Gen 13:1–3 2003: $250,000 for 4 frgs: Gen 13:1–3; “Genesis 22”; Isa 24:16–17; Isa 26:19–27:1 (William Kando)
2 Words from Genesis 22 dss01
“Genesis Midrash”

2003: $250,000 for 4 frgs: Gen 13:1–3; “Genesis 22”; Isa 24:16–17; Isa 26:19–27:1 (William Kando)

2004: $680,000 (William Noah & James Ferrell?)

7 Gen 37:26–38 “Butterfly fragment”  2008: $1.2 million  (William Kando) [Ganor acc to Estrin 2013]

2011: $42 mill
(William Kando) [Fields 2011]

2011 → : $35–70 million  (William Kando)

12 Exod 18:6–8
[Tigchelaar: Hab 2:1–3?]
APU1
DSS F.151 (Unid) [earlier: DDS F.Exod1]
 Feb 2009: $145,000  (Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers) [PaleoJudaica.com] 2009: $1,38 million  (total price of fragments APU1–5; Kipp Davis, “Cave of Dispute: Patterns of Correspondence and Suspicion in the Post-2002 ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ Fragments,” DSD 24.2 [2017]: 229–70 [237 n.22])

William Kando ➤ Lee Biondi ➤
Azusa Pacific University

[Estrin 2013]

15 Lev 10:4–7 APU2
DSS F.152 (Lev1)
2009: $1,38 millon  (total price of fragments APU1–5; Davis, “Cave of Dispute,” 237 n.22)

William Kando ➤ Lee Biondi ➤
Azusa Pacific University

[Estrin 2013]

16 Lev 20:24, 18:28–30 Dearing Fragment
DSS F.162 (Lev2)
“That scroll fragment includes passages from chapters 18 and 20 concerning the laws of sexual morality, and carried a special price tag because of the text’s significance” [Bruce McCoy, SWBTS] “[a]  family said it donated $500,000 for the purchase”

[Estrin 2013]

19 Lev 23:38–39 ArugLev frg. a  $20,000  for ArugLev frg. a–c 2005: $3000  for ArugLev frg. a–c

Beduin ➤ Hanan Eshel

20 Lev 23:40–44, 24:16–19 ArugLev frg. b-c  See above See above
? A Deuteronomy frg “… a well-known professor in Jerusalem offered to facilitate the sale of a Deuteronomy fragment to a U.S. dealer for $250,000.” [Estrin 2013]
24 Deut 8:2–5 APU3
DSS F.153 (Deut1)
2009: $1,38 million  (total price of fragments APU1–5; Davis, “Cave of Dispute,” 237 n.22)

William Kando ➤ Lee Biondi ➤
Azusa Pacific University (2009)

[Estrin 2013]

29 Deut 27:4–6 APU4
DSS F.154 (Deut2)
2009: $1,38 million  (total price of fragments APU1–5, Davis, “Cave of Dispute,” 237 n.22)

William Kando ➤ Lee Biondi ➤
Azusa Pacific University

[Estrin 2013]

41 Neh 3:14–15 MS 5426
DSS F.122 (Neh1)
“well into six figures” (Greatsite.com)
45 Ps 22:4, 6–9, 11–13 Patterson Fragment
DSS F.165 (Ps1)
3 Sept 2010: A gift

William Kando ➤ Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

47 Isa 24:16–17 dss04  2003: $250,000 for 4 frgs: Gen 13:1–3; “Genesis 22”; Isa 24:16–17; Isa 26:19–27:1 (William Kando)

2004: $470,000 (William Noah & James Ferrell?)

48 Isa 26:19–27:1 dss02 2003: $250,000 for 4 frgs: Gen 13:1–3; “Genesis 22”; Isa 24:16–17; Isa 26:19–27:1 (William Kando)

2004: $580,000 (William Noah & James Ferrell?)

55 Dan 5:13–16 APU5
DSS F.155 (Dan1)
 Feb 2009: $275,000  (Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers) [PaleoJudaica.com] 2009: $1,38 million  (total price of fragments APU1–5, Davis, “Cave of Dispute,” 237 n.22)

William Kando ➤ Lee Biondi ➤
Azusa Pacific University

[Estrin 2013]

67 1 En. 8:4–9:3 MS 4612/12
DSS F.125 (En2)
  2009: 700 000 NOK

William Kando  ➤ Schøyen Collection

Scraps Unidentified (Greek and/or Hebrew letters?) 3 frgs plus 2 frag. sets, totaling 15 frgs  2016: $1 million  (Les Eluminures)

6 thoughts on “The Post-2002 DSS-like Fragments: A Price List

  1. I am the owner of the company listed as Number 41 on your list above
    (GREATSITE.COM – Online Showroom of The Bible Museum),
    and I know or have dealt with most of the other people on the list.
    What is this website and list all about? Why the accusatory title
    “The Lying Pen of Scribes”? Are you accusing any of these dealers
    of being frauds or selling materials that are not genuine?

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    1. Dear John Jeffcoat,
      Thank you for your comment. The website belongs to an interdisciplinary research project (the Lying Pen of Scribes) dealing with modern manuscript forgeries, situated at the University of Agder in Norway. There is a robust consensus among Dead Sea Scrolls scholars that the Nehemiah 3-fragment posted on your website is a modern forgery. See for instance:
      https://michaellanglois.fr/en/publications/neuf-fragments-de-manuscrits-de-la-mer-morte-douteux-apparus-au-xxie-siecle and https://www.academia.edu/34891469/_Nine_Dubious_Dead_Sea_Scroll_Fragments_from_the_21th_Century_Dead_Sea_Discoveries_24_2_2017_189_228

      We were a bit surprised to find this fragment on Greatsite.com since it, according to our knowledge, was acquired by a Norwegian collector already in 2009.

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      1. We briefly offered to broker the sale of this material many years ago.
        I never personally had possession of any of it, and I never sold any of it,
        and after being offered on our website briefly, it was completely removed
        from our website years ago. So, our involvement in this mater is
        peripheral and very much minimal and confined to a brief time
        many years ago.
        This is the first we have heard of anyone claiming that material
        is not genuine, and I am shocked to hear that, though I am not
        qualified to make any assessment regarding its nature.

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