First Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Sells For Over $34,000!

First Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Sells For Over $34,000!

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Remember that rare copy of the first Harry Potter book that was up for auction? Well, it finally sold for an astonishing £28,500, or, $34,650.73!   IMAGE VIA IMGFACE   In case you’ve been under a rock for the past twenty years, here’s the skinny: J.K. Rowling wrote seven books and the first one is called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was later re-titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because British publishers weren’t confident American children would know what a ‘philosopher’ was. On June 26th 1997, Bloomsbury published Philosopher’s Stone with an initial print-run of five thousand copies in hardback, three hundred of …

Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book Collection up for Auction

Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book Collection up for Auction

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In the City of Angels, there’s going to be a book auction—and you’re going to be paying attention.   Image Via AP News   Got some serious cash on your hands? You could pay off your student loans… or you could buy nineteen first-edition copies of an integral work for a nationwide organization. Nineteen copies of the founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known as the “Big Book,” will be auctioned off this July 19th in Los Angeles.   Image Via Vox Let’s review some history: The Big Book is actually titled Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of …

Export Ban on Judge’s Copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Export Ban on Judge’s Copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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In October 2018, a copy of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover went up for auction and went for £56,000, more than the expected £15,000. The only issue is that this book belonged to a judge, Sir Laurence Byrne. Lawrence wrote the book just before his death, and it was only published in Italy and France in 1920. the book was seen to be too scandalous to publish in the U.K. That changed in 1960 when Penguin Books decided to go ahead with the publication. The publishing house was then put on trial for obscenity.   image via the new york times Now, a …

First Edition Harry Potter Book Sells for Nearly $100k

First Edition Harry Potter Book Sells for Nearly $100k

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First edition books have become prized possessions to bibliophiles around the world. The more expensive ones like The Canterbury Tales or the Gutenberg Bible have sold upwards of $4 million, while others like The Catcher in the Rye and Pride and Prejudice have sold in the thousands. Joining this list of prized first editions is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which recently sold for just under $100,000.     J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has found herself on the list of top ten most expensive books before with her Tales of Beedle the Bard. This book is a collection of children’s stories …