Sachin Tendulkar's Blood Edition of Tendulkar Opus Sold Out
Sachin Tendulkar's Autobiography Tendulkar Opus Has Been Republished With Some of Tendulkar's Blood Mixed in to the Signature Page
This special blood edition, which is being released in February 2011, is being published by luxury book publisher Kraken Media, and will not only feature Tendulkar's blood mixed in to the signature page, but also unpublished family pictures and some more thoughts from Tendulkar about his career. According to The Guardian this special edition weighs 37kg, is 852 pages long and is even edged in gold leaf.
Trouble is, only 10 copies with his blood mixed in are being printed, they cost $75,000 each and are already sold out.
"The signature page will be mixed with Sachin's blood – mixed into the paper pulp so it's a red resin. It is what it is – you will have Sachin's blood on the page," said publisher Kraken Media's chief executive Karl Fowler. "It's not everyone's cup of tea, it's not to everyone's taste and some may think it's a bit weird. But the key thing here is that Sachin Tendulkar to millions of people is a religious icon. And we thought how, in a publishing form, can you get as close to your god as possible?"
Even better news for fans, Sachin Tendulkar's saliva was used to create his DNA profile that will be printed in the book so you will have his entire genetic makeup.
Don't be disappointed if wanted one of the blood editions and did not get one however, you can still order one of the 1,000 cheaper copies being printed (about $2,000 to $3,000 each) and those will be signed by Tendulkar. They will also contain about 75% previously unpublished material and his DNA profile, but no blood. There is also a $200 to $300 version of the book but it will just be the book with no special extras.
"We're publishing next February, in time for the cricket World Cup, which is being held in India. It's perfect timing," said Fowler. "He's never done an autobiography before and has a great story to tell."
All the proceeds from the blood edition of Tendulkar Opus will go to Tendulkar's charity to help build a school in Mumbai.