Fireproof copy of the Handmaid's Tale sells for an eye-watering sum!

New York, New York - A one-of-a-kind unburnable edition of Margaret Atwood's bestseller The Handmaid's Tale sold for a whopping $130,000 at an auction!

This flame retardant one of a kind book was created to combat book banning and promote freedom of speech.
This flame retardant one of a kind book was created to combat book banning and promote freedom of speech.  © ANGELA WEISS / AFP

In a promotional video ahead of the sale, the 82-year-old Canadian author put on some black safety gloves and blasted the book with a flamethrower to prove that it's flame-retardant.

The fireproof copy of the famous novel was auctioned off to raise funds and awareness for the non-profit organization PEN America. The organization promotes freedom of speech and fights book banning.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the organization and its mission to combat the spread of book banning and educational gag orders in American schools.

The book was auctioned off at Sotheby's auction house in New York on Tuesday.

Margaret Atwood torches the unburnable Handmaid's Tale

Following the sale, Atwood said: "I'm very pleased that the one-of-a-kind Unburnable Book of The Handmaid's Tale has raised so much money for PEN America."

"Free speech issues are being hotly debated, and PEN is a sane voice amidst all the shouting," she continued. "The video of the book being torched by me and refusing to burn has now had a potential 5 billion views. We hope it raises awareness and leads to reasoned discussion."

According to NPR, this special edition of the Handmaid's Tale is made out of entirely fireproof materials. Even the ink can withstand temperatures of 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cover photo: ANGELA WEISS / AFP

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