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Bonhams sells copy of first Harry Potter book by Rowling at £ 70K

The copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) by JK Rowling surpassed expectations at the auction


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London: Little, agent of Rowling until 2011, had sold his right to the copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Bonhams for charity in 2003

A copy from the first edition of JK Rowling’s first book in the Harry Potter series published in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was up for Bonhams sale. It was expected to fetch between £ 40,000 and £ 60,000. But it surpassed the expectation, selling at almost £ 70,000.

Since 1997, Joanne or JK Rowling has travelled a long distance. Whereas the first edition of her first book sold a mere 500 copies, it went on to be a bestseller subsequently, with 120 million copies sold worldwide. The first book in the Harry Potter series was translated into more than 80 languages.

Rowling thus became the first billionaire author of the world. Never mind that, on the back cover, a word in the title is misspelt: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (sic) Stone.

It so happened that a copy of the first edition of the first Harry Potter book was lying with Christopher Little, Rowling’s first literary agent. It’s that copy that was sold at the auction centre known for a fine collection of books and manuscripts.

Little had earlier sold his rights to the copy he owned to Bloomsbury, the publisher even before it was published, that is in 1996. However, he stayed in touch with Rowling as her agent until 2011.

Little had sold the copy to Bonhams for charities in 2003. That copy contains a message and signature of Rowling, hand-inked.

The book containing innumerable typographic errors and wrong order of page numbers sold yesterday for £ 68,000.

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