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Rare €50,000 Harry Potter First Edition Finds Its Way Up for Auction

Do you remember the day that you brought home your first Harry Potter book? Do you remember going to the bookstore and picking up a copy of the story that stunned the world? I do. I remember my second-grade self holding my Dad’s hand as we strolled through the aisles of the bookstore to the “big girl section,” so I could pick out my first chapter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I loved that book with all my heart, but I did not take good care of it. Of course, back then, I did not know preserving books was necessary, for if it is a rare copy, it can be worth a lot of money one day. I wrote in my edition. I underlined words that I loved and drew pictures of the Hogwarts ghosts on the pages. I still have my first copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and so do a lot of other Harry Potter lovers, but the question is, are they worth anything?  


A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, if in good condition, could sell at auction for €50,000. One first edition will be put for auction next week. The book’s owner, a retired vendor who chooses to remain anonymous, said he bought the first edition copy over twenty-one years ago to help children learn English in Luxembourg. In the last twenty-one years, the book has been collecting dust on his bookshelf, until he decided to revisit the copy and read it one last time before seeing if it was worth any money. To his surprise, his edition was one of the remaining two hundred copies known to exist today.



A rare first edition of €50,000 must be published by Bloomsbury in 1997, must include duplication of “1 ward” on page fifty-three, and read issue number “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.” Without any of these markings, it is safe to say that the edition is not one of the first.


With that said, luck was on this retired vendor’s side when his book turned out to be a first edition. He will also be extremely lucky if he can get the €50,000 amount he desires. Most Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first editions go for €20,000 to €30,000 in an audition setting. The retried vendor and book expect Jim Spencer think the first edition will get close to his desired amount because of the book’s fantastic condition. If the vendor receives the amount he wishes, he will pay off his daughter’s student loans and help her make a down payment on a house.


Personally, I hope that this book makes a splash at the auction next week. When books like these are found and brought to market, it shows that a piece of literature and history has been preserved and loved, which warms my heart. A story like this should remind people and children worldwide to take good care of their books because you never know what they could be worth one day.

Stolen Books Worth $3.5 Million Discovered Beneath a House in Romania

Three years ago, 200 valuable books were stolen from a warehouse in London and among these were first editions of Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and Francisco Goya. Last Wednesday, however, they were found beneath a house in Romania. Read to learn more!

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The Upper West Side Strand is Open!

Strand on the Upper West Side is open for business!  The doors opened this week for book lovers to come and enjoy the location. With a mask on of course.

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 The new location used to be home to Book Culture, until it closed back in February. The store started to face hardships back in June 2019 due to financial issues. The owner, Chris Doeblin, did his best to raise money to keep the store open, but in the end his attempts backfired when he was sued by his business partner Rick MacArthur for misleading customers. So, the store had no choice but to close it’s doors. On the bright side, the store has other locations, and Doeblin will be looking for another one.
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Now this former Book Culture location has become Strand at Columbus Ave. it was supposed to open in March, but due to the pandemic the grand opening had to be postponed until now. Similar to the original and beloved location at Union Square, it will continue to sell used, rare, and new books. Along with bookish items like their totes, pencil cases, journals, and they will be expanding their events. Children story time will take place at this location and author talks as well.
This store is a bright light for book lovers in the city. With the current state of the world, we all need a little something to make us smile and have hope and this new Strand is doing just that.
Be sure to check it out! It’s located at 450 Columbus Ave.
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