Rare Harry Potter book auctioned for record

November 14th, 2007 - 2:51 am ICT by admin  
Auction organisers are especially thrilled with the money the book has raked in, especially as it was expected to fetch 12,000 pounds.

A star attraction of the book was that it had been signed by the author as ‘Joanne Rowling’.

The book is a part of the first 500 copies that were printed.

Also raking in the moolah was a publisher’s proof copy of the book with a misspelling of author JK Rowling’s name on the title page as “JA Rowling” which went for 2,500 pounds.

Other books include two more Harry Potter novels, signed by Rowling with messages to “Ella” which sold for 1,250 pounds.

Crispin Jackson, head of books at Christie’s south Kensington branch, told the Guardian revealed just why the copies of the Philosopher’s Stone were extremely valuable.

“From Goblet of Fire onwards, the series took off so quickly that first editions were common because the print runs were huge,” Contactmusic quoted him, as telling the Guardian.

“The collecting buzz started with Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 and while the market slightly dipped before the publication of Deathly Hallows, it has picked up again with the conclusion of the series and the huge success of the films”. (ANI)

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