Harry Potter and the Auction House: How Much Is the Boy Who Lived Worth?
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter is a billion dollar franchise encompassing the books, two movie series, several video games, the stage play, and a slew of other products. And some of the more valuable Harry Potter merchandise can fetch some hefty prices on the auction block.
A standout offering is a complete collection of signed First Deluxe Edition Harry Potter books. The entire set is worth anywhere from £9,000 to £15,000, that upper amount being almost $20,000 for those who only speak in US currency.
The man who purchased the whole set ten years ago looks at the books like the gold buried in my backyard, as an investment. He told the BBC:
I bought them to sell...It's not like my collection of Star Wars figures. I would struggle to be parted from them.
Collective Pottermania is what drives these prices up, and when people manage to part themselves from some of their rarer Potter possessions, the prices reflect the fan fervor.
Props from the films aren't immune to bidding wars. A pair of glasses worn by star Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone sold for £15,500.
Licensed toys and games bearing the boy wizard's name can be especially lucrative. A current Ebay listing is asking $10,000 for all fifty-five Harry Potter Lego sets.
All of this is chump change compared to the handwritten and illustrated copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. One copy of which sold for a whopping £1.95 million ($2,581,090) at auction.
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Get out your checkbooks, muggles.
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