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Harry Potter first edition book, which was bought by bookshop for only Rs 41 in 1997, now sold in millions

The seller, who was not named, picked up the book about the famous boy wizard as a “throw-in” with other titles and didn't read it or pay much attention to it for years — until she read online about the high prices some Potter copies achieved.

Ajeet Kumar Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 London Updated on: February 27, 2024 11:34 IST
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London: A proof copy of the first Harry Potter novel that was bought for pennies in a second-hand bookshop almost 30 years ago has sold at auction for 11,000 pounds ($13,900 or Rs 11,52,147). British auctioneers, Hanson's said Monday that the first-edition copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," which states “uncorrected proof copy” on the cover, was bought in 1997 from a shop in south London with two other books for a total of 40 pence ($0.50 or Rs 41)

The seller, who was not named, picked up the book about the famous boy wizard as a “throw-in” with other titles and didn't read it or pay much attention to it for years — until she read online about the high prices some Potter copies achieved, Hanson's said.

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Harry Potter book is now sold at a hammer price of 11,000 pounds

The book was sold to a private UK buyer on Wednesday for a hammer price of 11,000 pounds, and a total of 14,432 pounds including a sales premium.

Jim Spencer, head of books at the auction house, said the copy's inside title page mistakenly stated the author's name as “J A Rowling” instead of J K Rowling.

“This book so deserved to do well. This proof copy is where the Harry Potter phenomenon began. This is the very first appearance in print of the first Potter novel," Spencer said.

(With inputs from agency)

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