Rare Harry Potter Book Brings in £80,000 at Auction

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July 29, 2021

A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold for £80,000 at auction. The first book in the seven-part Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling, it begins the story of the boy who discovers that he has magical powers and then refines those powers, in and out of a school for witchcraft and wizardry.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The book sold at the Yorkshire auction was one of 500 hardback versions printed in 1997. A Nottingham bookshop sold the book, which credits the author at that very early stage in her career as "Joanne Rowling" and is known more a handful of minor misprints.

Auctioneers Tennants, the Leyburn handlers of the sale, said that they had expected the book to sell for no more than £30,000.

The record sale price for a J.K. Rowling Harry Potter book is £125,000, paid last year for a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that Rowling had signed.

The auction featured other works, including maps, other books and manuscripts. One other item bringing a high price was a 1660 Bible, which sold for £16,000.

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