Rare Harry Potter book sells for £80k at Leyburn auction

The volume sold at auction in North Yorkshire for almost three times its estimated price.

7/29/2021 3:26:00 PM

Rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 'exceptional condition' sells for £80,000 at auction

The volume sold at auction in North Yorkshire for almost three times its estimated price.

image captionJK Rowling wrote most of the first Harry Potter book while sitting in an Edinburgh cafeA rare first edition of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in "exceptional condition" has sold for a magic £80,000 at auction.

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The book was one of 500 hardback copies printed in its first run in 1997 and bought from a Nottingham bookshop.On the book's copyright page, the world famous author is credited simply as "Joanne Rowling".Auctioneers Tennants, of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, had estimated the volume would sell for about £20,000-£30,000.

image copyrightTennantsimage captionThe £80,000 book has a couple of slight misprints which mark it out as a sought-after volumeThe £80,000 price ticket for the "exceptional copy, first edition, first impression, case-bound issue" sold on Wednesday excludes the buyer's premium, said the auctioneers. headtopics.com

Tennants said 300 of the original books were sent to libraries and many had a "high rate of loss and damage".This volume was bought soon after release at Dillons in Nottingham. Read more: BBC News (UK) »

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