A First Edition Harry Potter Book Just Sold for $90,000

Rare Harry Potter book just sold for nearly $100,000

Rare Harry Potter book just sold for nearly $100,000

Only 500 of these first edition copies were published and 300 reportedly went to libraries so it's quite the rarity. However, Bonhams, a privately owned global auction house, sold a rare first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for about $90,000, or £68,812, on Friday.

Yes, but: "Unfortunately, if you've also got a first edition copy of the book, then it's unlikely to be as valuable as this copy, which was signed by J.K. Rowling herself back in 2003 in advance of it being sold at a charity auction", according to The Verge. Not only did it originally belong to Christopher Little, Rowling's first literary agent, but also it includes Rowling's signature.

Bonham's Friday bidder didn't walk away with the most expensive copy of Harry Potter though.

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The recently sold book contains a few typos as well.

The book sold for £68,000 ($AU125,000) at an auction held in London on Wednesday. The estimated auction range was somewhere between £40,000 to £60,000 (US$51,914 to US$77,860).

The book had some typos, including "Philosopher's" misspelled as "Philosphers", and the book's 53rd page has a repeated "1 wand" on a wizard equipment list. The publisher's imprint page also has the incorrect number sequence.

This copy of the book also features a unusual looking wizard on the back cover of the book where the illustrator created the wizard in the image of his father rather than creating a wizard according to the book. In later editions, after many puzzled inquiries, Taylor was asked to create a new drawing - one of Professor Albus Dumbledore.

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