A first copy of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” has sold in “exceptional condition” for £80,000 at auction.
The book was one of 500 copies in print in its first edition in 1997 and was purchased from a bookshop in Nottingham.
On the book’s copyright page, the world-famous author is referred to as “Joanne Rowling”.
The auction house, which took place in North Yorkshire, estimated the price of the book at between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds.
Tenantes, which ran the auction, said 300 of the original books had been sent to bookstores and many had a “high loss and damage rate”.
This copy was purchased shortly after its release at Dillons in Nottingham.
The selling price is the highest ever recorded for one of J.K. Rowling’s work.
The first edition signed by the author of the same book in Edinburgh last year sold for 125,000 pounds, setting a new European auction record, according to Finebox magazine.
In December 2020, a similar copy sold for £68,000 at auction in Staffordshire.
The first Harry Potter book that tells the story of a young wizard joined six other books after his adventures at Hogwarts.
The Harry Potter book collection has a huge international audience, and it has been made into a series of blockbuster films.
The auction included more than 200 pieces of maps, manuscripts and books, including a Bible published in 1660 that sold for £16,000.