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Could ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Hobbit’ Bring the Big Bucks to Your Bank Account?

I really do love that show Antiques Roadshow, you know it right? Where regular people find a fancy gravy boat in their attic and take it to the experts on the show, and find out that dust gravy boat is worth $60,000. “Oh my,” they ususally say. My reaction would be a tad more enthusiastic, but I may get to share in that thrill soon. And you could too!


Forbes recently released the news of the books you may have in your attic or tucked away on the shelf that could sell for a pretty penny.


Harry Potter

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The site has a list of books out that are considered rare and highly desired. Of course a specific version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the 1997 hardback with numbers ten to one on the back of the cover) has a top ranking with a worth of $67,300. Ya’ll heard me. But these have to be some seriously well-kept books. No tears, missing pages, stains, or ruined spines. These little knicks add up and decrease the price a collector would pay as opposed to it if were in mint condition. 


'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'

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Bonhams director and head of books Matthew Haley explains:



Searching your bookshelves for treasures can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but in every auction, we have sellers who are stunned by how much their old books make. If you have an extremely old, rare or a book similar to the ones on this list, which is in good condition, you really could be looking at a small fortune.


If you also have the following books, you could definitely be in the money:


All four Winnie the Pooh books (1925-1928) by A.A. Milne valued at $5,388-$13,471


A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens valued at $20,207


The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901) by Beatrix Potter valued at $47,150


The Hobbit (1937) by J.R.R. Tolkien valued at $53,886


Those are just the top contenders, check out the LoveAntiques list and the rest of their site on the guidelines on how to buy and sell these treasures. Now go dust off those attic boxes full of books and stuffed animals! May the odds be ever in your favor. 




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