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1st Edition ‘Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone’ Might Auction For US$78K
By Yoon Sann Wong, 11 Mar 2019
While dyslexia-friendly versions of Harry Potter books are being introduced, a first edition version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is anticipated to be auctioned off for £40,000 to £60,000 (US$51,914 to US$77,860) by Bonhams.
This first edition, first impression tome that was released by Bloomsbury in 1997 is being put up for sale as part of Bonhams’ ‘Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs’ auction on 27 March.
The book is one of roughly 500 copies of the first Harry Potter story and includes a loosely inserted sticker bearing author J.K. Rowling’s signature. Other details include “publisher’s imprint page with the number sequence from 10 to 1, and author cited as ‘Joanne Rowling’, p.53 with the duplication of ‘1 wand’ on the equipment list, [and] misspelling ‘Philospher’s’ on lower cover.”
This isn’t the most expensive first edition Harry Potter book that’s been put up for sale through the auctioneer. In 2017, Bonhams announced that a first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone inscribed to a friend and her family had sold at a record £106,250 (US$137,897).
Bonhams : ROWLING (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, Bloomsbury, 1997
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