Mumbai: Worship of cricket’s little master, Sachin Tendulkar, is set to cross a new boundary, as a luxury book publisher brings out a special edition of his autobiography made with the batsman’s blood.
Only for the most dedicated of fans, the “blood edition” of the Tendulkar Opus, which also includes unpublished family pictures and Tendulkar’s thoughts about his career, weighs 37kg, measures half a meter square and stretches to 852 pages edged in gold leaf, costing $75,000. Out next February, only 10 copies are being printed and they have all already been pre-ordered.
All proceeds from the sale of the 10 copies will go to Tendulkar’s charitable foundation to help build a school in Mumbai. Kraken will also publish around 1,000 copies of a cheaper edition of the autobiography at $2,000-$3,000.
Signed by Tendulkar, this edition will also be a half-meter square in size and will contain around 75 percent previously unpublished material about the cricketing star, as well as his DNA profile — but not his blood. It is also releasing a $200-$300 smaller edition of the book.