JK Rowling and her masterpiece Harry Potter series has added another record on the long list of record books as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first edition has sold for a world record of £43,750 at an auction due to a typo.
The sale of the first Harry Potter novel has exceeded expectations, as the copy, which is described to be in ‘excellent condition’, had an estimated price of £15,000 to £20,000, according to the Daily Mail UK.
The book’s purchase was made by a London-based businessman in what was a world record for the book at auction. It was purchased at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale in the capital.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, or more commonly known in the US as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was first published by Bloomsbury on June 30, 1997 and became an instant bestseller. It is the first in the series of fantasy novels of JK Rowling about the boy wizard and also marks the first chapter of the Harry Potter franchise blockbusters, which has raked billions at the box office.
One of the first edition’s appeal was due to a rare printing mistake on the back cover, which saw the second ‘o’ from the word ‘philosopher’s’ missing. The exact extract reads as “Acclaim for Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone”. Another contributing factor in the copy’s value was the numbering of ten down to one on the back of the title page, known as the verso.
“This was an exceptional price for a much-loved modern classic,” Simon Roberts, Bonhams Books and Manuscripts senior specialist said, per Mirror UK. “The book was in excellent condition, which added to its appeal for collectors, and I am not surprised that it attracted so much interest and such intense bidding.”
A full collection of signed Harry Potter first editions can be sold for more than £20,000 and recently, the most paid at an auction for a single JK Rowling novel has been a whooping £1.95 million, thanks to the hand-written copy of The Tales of Beetle the Bard (2008), making it the most expensive Harry Potter book ever.
Fans who have one of these collector’s editions can refer to the video below:
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