Many will argue against the claim that “The Official Ferrari Opus” is the most exclusive book in the world even as its publishers can definitely attest that it is sought after. Diamond-studded copies of the new book are priced at $275,000 but it’s far from being the most expensive or the most exclusive.
An auction last year had sold off one of 21 known complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible for $5.4 million. This was the first book printed on a movable-type press. Still, anyone who gets to own a copy of this book will join a very privileged small group of people.
The book, which is published by the Kraken Opus division of the Opus Media Group of London, is available in a number of layers of exclusivity. For $37,500, you could be the proud owner of one of 400 copies of the Enzo edition that’s named after the founder of the marque. The red leatherbound Enzo edition has a carbon-fiber case and its highlight is an individually numbered, silver-foiled signature sheet that’s signed personally by all living Ferrari world champions.
The $275,000 Enzo Diamante edition is actually just an Enzo edition copy that carries a Prancing Horse logo decorated with 30 diamonds. Buyers of this copy are entered into a drawing for a replica of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One racecar. Meanwhile, the $7,000 Cavallino Rampante edition will only have 500 copies available and it will be signed personally by “Ferrari greats, past and present.”
It actually refers to a variety of Ferrari associates so it’s not as exciting as the Enzo edition. And for only $100, the Classic edition can be yours. This version is limited to 4,100 copies and it is signed by Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso – the current Ferrari Formula One drivers. This 82-pound book contains 852 pages of heavy-duty paper and it measures 19.6 square inches.
Ferrari was founded in 1947 and this book tries to capture its great moments by having 200,000 words of text, 2,000 photos as well as details on each of Ferrari’s road cars and racecars. It even offers information on all the professional drivers that had the opportunity to race for the company. Kraken Opus has started to accept preorders.