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

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!


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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 which were distributed to libraries. The series made serious money—making J.K. Rowling the world’s first person to gain billionaire status from book-writing alone—and those original five thousand copies are now highly valued.

This 1997 edition contains two tell-tale errors: the misspelling of ‘philosopher’s’ on the back page and a double mention of “1 wand” on page 53 in an equipment list.


Harry Potter, first edition

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This book, despite being bought by the owner at a table top sale around twenty years ago, and being left in a cupboard in the owner’s home, is in near pristine condition. In fact, the book still features a “withdrawn from stock” stamp in red ink.


The former Staffordshire Library book has a ‘withdrawn from stock’ stamp

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Thus, it should be no surprise that this first edition sold for so much. In fact, the auction at Bishton Hall, in Staffordshire saw bids from all over the world. That fact alone makes it a little less surprising that the winning bid came in by phone from a private UK collector.

That’s just amazing. Can you imagine that? “Hello, I’d like to spend about twenty-eight-thousand-five-hundred pounds on a book.”


Back cover

Image Via BBC/Note that “Philosopher’s” is spelled as “philospher’s” here


“I can’t believe it. It’s what I’d hoped for but I never really believed my book would make that price,” Itv quotes the anonymous seller, who went on to add that, “I knew another Harry Potter first edition had sold for £28,000 but I was panicking as there had been no bids prior to the sale. When I checked to see if it had sold, I was amazed.”

You’re not kidding!



The auctioneers claim that it was “pure luck” that the book was listed for auction on the day of J.K. Rowling’s birthday, the same birthday that she gave our favorite magical protagonist Harry Potter, but what do you think?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


Sadly, you can’t get this copy anymore since, well, you know, it’s been bought for a gigantic amount of money. But you can get always this copy which is way more economical. 



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21-Year-Old Harry Potter Fan Buys 3 First Editions for £3, Becomes Rich

Twenty-one-year old Hayley Malsom bought three Harry Potter volumes for £9.00 at a British Heart Foundation charity shop, not realizing that they were first editions. However these copies of The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince are worth an estimated £60,000 (approx. $85,000).


Malsom tweeted her delight shortly after making the discovery:



‘As far as I’m aware the staff in the charity shop are unaware that they are first editions as I obviously didn’t realise until later that day!’ she told Gloucestershire Live.


‘I haven’t had mine valued but after a quick Google I did see that one went for around £60,000. I am a massive Harry Potter fan and have been since I first read the order of the phoenix in 2007 as part of a summer project before starting senior school.’


Recently, one of the first run of 500 editions of The Sorcerers Stone, which was published in 1997, was sold in Texas for more that 5,000 times its original price tag, setting a new world record for an unsigned work of fiction. 


Featured Image Via Metro.co.uk 

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A First Edition Harry Potter Book Worth £40,000 Has Been Stolen

A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the USA) has been stolen from SN Books in Norfolk by two men, who broke in sometime between between 11:50pm on 8th January and 1:30am on 9th January. It’s not the only rare book missing from the store. A first edition of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and a set of four Winnie-the-Pooh books have also been stolen, along with a signed first edition of The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett, a first impression of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a copy of A Brief History of Time featuring a thumbprint signature from Professor Stephen Hawking, two editions of The Gunslinger by Stephen King worth £2,000 each, and a sketchbook from the early 1800s by an anonymous artist.


According to the Norfolk Police, the pilfered volumes are “not the sort of thing you see every day.”


Josh Laffar of SN Books said, “These books were a company asset which were going to go towards the staff to do with pay rises and increasing morale. Now these have been taken unfortunately none of these things can happen.”


PC Gideon Weigelt-Holmes from Norfolk Police is urging people to keep an eye out for the books. “I am urging people, especially book dealers or those working in specialist book shops, to be vigilant in case they are offered for sale.”


Sounds like the work of Deatheaters to me…or maybe a book-obsessed niffler. 


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