A rare first edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has sold at auction for £80,000.
The sought-after book was one of 500 hardback copies printed in its first run in 1997, with the now-famous author credited simply as ‘Joanne Rowling’ in the back.
Other defining features include the duplication of the phrase “1 wand” on the list of Hogwarts supplies on page 53 and misprints of “Wizardry and Witchcraft” and “Philospher’s Stone” on the rear cover.
Auctioneers Tennants, of Leyburn in North Yorkshire, had estimated the volume would fetch between £20,000-£30,000.
Described as an “exceptional copy, first edition, first impression, case-bound issue”, the book eventually sold on Wednesday for more than double the upper estimate.
The £80,000 figure excludes the buyer’s premium.
Auctioneers said 300 of the original books were sent to libraries around the country but many had a “high rate of loss and damage”.
This sale is believed to be one of the highest ever recorded prices for a JK Rowling book.
Auctioneers had estimated the volume would fetch £20k-£30k (SWNS)
A signed first edition of the Philosopher’s Stone was sold in Edinburgh last year for a record-breaking £125,000.
Tennants’ books specialist Dominic Somerville-Brown said: “This was an exceptional copy and the price reflects the premium which collectors will assign to condition.
“There is no real precedent for such a recently published book commanding these kinds of prices, and this probably reflects the fact that the world which J. K. Rowling created has been a source of collective cultural experience like nothing else in modern times.”
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