One of the first printed copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ( Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ) from 1997, of which only five hundred were printed, was auctioned this week according to CNN for 28,500 pounds (slightly more than 31,000 euros).
The first five hundred printed copies are characterized by two typos. The word "philosopher" on the back flap is misspelled and on page 53 the word "wand" appears twice. Author JK Rowling is also called 'Joanne' in the colophon.
The book in question was found by the owner at a flea market. That was twenty years ago and the seller only asked 1 pound for it.
The owner of the book, who wants to remain anonymous, wanted to save money for a new bathroom and therefore had a number of books appraised by expert Jim Spencer. The Harry Potter book turned out to be a unique copy and therefore it was decided to auction it.
Most copies are in libraries and schools
The book is unique, according to an employee of the auction house, because most of the copies from the very first edition ended up in libraries and schools. Eventually there were three interested people who made a bid by telephone. The man or woman who has acquired the book wants to remain anonymous.
It is not the first time that this rare first edition of the first Harry Potter part has been auctioned. In 2017, an auction of the book in the United States raised nearly 68,000 euros.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first part of the seven-part popular Harry Potter series by the British writer Rowling.
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