A reader of this blog brought to my attention a Christian papyrus fragment written in Coptic that is being auctioned off by Sotheby's on the auction house's website as well as eBay (links below). As it turns out, it is one of two codex fragments being sold by Sotheby's and both stem from "The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie."
Charles Ryrie, who passed away in February 2016, was a biblical scholar and a leading proponent of Christian dispensationalism. In an October press release, Sotheby's announced the sale of his Bible collection, described as “one of the greatest private collections of printed and manuscript Bibles formed since the 19th century.” The sale will take place in New York on December 5 and “will include some 200 lots of manuscripts and printed Bibles.”
The two Coptic manuscripts currently listed are as follows.
UPCOMING LOT 1. FRAGMENT ON PAPYRUS OF A TEXT CITING THE GOSPEL OF ST MATTHEW, IN COPTIC. [EGYPT, CA. 550-650 AD] [Sotheby's: here; eBay: here]
UPCOMING LOT 3. LEAF FROM THE GOSPEL OF MARK, IN COPTIC. [UPPER EGYPT, C.800-1100 AD] [Sotheby's: here; eBay: here]
Further descriptions of each codex fragment can be found at links to the Sotheby's and eBay listings above. If anyone knows further details about these manuscripts – such as provenance, sale/acquisition history, etc. – please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me directly. I would also be grateful to learn where these items ultimately end up.