In September of 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased the “Printer’s Manuscript” of the Book of Mormon, from the Community of Christ for $35,000,000.00.
Apparently, the value of this artifact was temporally and spiritually misjudged by LDS Apostle Joseph F. Smith:
“[The Printer’s Manuscript] possesses no value whatever. It has been repeatedly offered to us and numerous false reports have been put in circulation with regards to our desire to obtain possession of it, but we have at no time regarded it of any value, neither have we ever offered any money to procure it, all the stories to the contrary notwithstanding, for we have always known it was not the original, as aforesaid, and as many editions of the Book of Mormon have been printed, and tens of thousands of copies of it circulated throughout the world you can readily perceive that this manuscript is of no value to anyone. There is no principle involved in its possession, there could be nothing lost if it were utterly destroyed . . . Indeed, it is not worth the time and paper I am using to convey these thoughts to you.”
Joseph F. Smith letter to Samuel Russell, 19 March 1901, Archives and Manuscripts, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Cited in Douglas Campbell, “‘White’ or ‘Pure’: Five Vignettes” (Dialogue 29 [Winter 1996]), pp. 121-2; see note 8. Copied from SMITH RESEARCH ASSOCIATES New Mormon Studies CD-ROM; not verified against the original.]