J K Rowlings fairytales fetch record PS95m at auction

December 14th, 2007 - 1:07 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 14 (ANI): JK Rowlings The Tales of Beedle the Bard - the book of fairytales mentioned in the final Harry Potter book sold for 65 times the original price at an auction when it fetched a whopping 1.95 million pounds.

The book, which included five wizarding fairytales, was left to Hermione Granger by Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and provided clues to Harry and his friends to defeat Lord Voldemort.

Rowling has hand-written and illustrated seven copies of the Tales Of Beedle The Bard.

But only one of them - bound in brown Morocco leather and mounted with hand-chased silver ornaments and seven moonstones, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house in London to raise money for charity, Childrens Voice.

In the frenzy that followed, the bidding was finally won by fine art dealers Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, based in St Jamess, central London, reports The Sun.

The amount raised also means that the book has sold for 65 times the original price. It was expected to sell for anywhere between 30,000 to 50,000 pounds.

The book, which comes with a dedicated “thank you” from Rowling herself which reads: Six of these books have been given to those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books during the last 17 years.

This seventh copy will be auctioned - the proceeds to help institutionalised children who are in desperate need of a voice. So to whoever now owns this book, thank you - and fair fortune be yours!

The other six books have be given to people “most closely connected” to 17 years of producing the Potter books.

The tome will not be published. (ANI)

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