Canada gets rare, marble-covered book from Berlusconi
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, September 7, 2009 10:24AM EDT
It turns out that Canada received the rarest and most expensive gift doled out by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during the G8 Summit.
By virtue of its place in the alphabetical pecking order - because Canada starts with the letter 'C' - Stephen Harper received the very first of 10 serial-numbered, marble-covered art books.
A limited edition book dealer in Montreal with exclusive rights to distribute the tome in Canada says it could be worth up to $460,000.
He says copy No. 1 - the one given to Harper - holds at least double the value of the ones received by other G8 leaders at the recent summit in Italy.
But Harper won't get to keep the book.
Because federal politicians can't accept gifts worth more than $1,000, the book becomes government property and will likely be donated or displayed.