Harry Potter book with misspellings and personal notes fetches £68k at auction


YOU may want to check in your attic tonight as an old copy of Harry Potter just fetched a staggering £68,000 at auction yesterday.

The Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone copy was particularly valuable as it had misspellings, errors and personal notes from J.K. Rowling.

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A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone just sold for £68,000 – so do you have one at home?[/caption]

Experts had valued the spellbinding novel at £40,000 to £60,000, but it reached well over this amount at Bonhams Auction House in Knightsbridge, west London, on Wednesday.

What makes the book stand out particularly, is the fact JK’s name is listed as “Joanne Rowling”, and it is one of the only 500 first edition books.

The name is also misspelt as “Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone” on the back cover, and there are several other charming quirks to be spotted.

There is a duplication of “1 wand” on Harry’s school equipment list, and there’s an incorrect number sequence on the imprint page.

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Books of the magical wizard fetch a large sum at auction, especially if they have spelling mistakes in[/caption]

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The auctioned book held an incorrect number sequence and called the author Joanne[/caption]

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On one page of the book that was sold, ‘1 wand’ is written twice in the equipment list[/caption]

The book includes a personal note from J.K. Rowling
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J.K. Rowling’s hand-inked signature is also attached on a sticker which the award-winning author included when the copy was sold passed onto two charities in 2003.

A Bonhams spokesperson said numerous international buyers were hoping to bag the rare book ahead of the auction.

He said: “It is estimated to sell between £40,000 to £60,000. It isn’t the most expensive Harry Potter book we have sold but it could possibly fetch for more than the estimation.

How can you tell if your Harry Potter book is a first edition and worth a fortune?

As JK Rowling’s popularity has rocketed, so has the value of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

In 2009, a signed first-edition copy of the same book was sold by Heritage Auctions for £15,000 but that has jumped up eight fold in the past decade and it is by far the most valuable in the series.

If you think you might have one, then first look to see if Bloomsbury is listed as the publisher on the title page at the bottom.

The latest date listed in the copyright information must by 1997.

The print line on the copyright page must read “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”.

There is a mistake on page 53 where “1 wand” appears twice in the list of school supplies Harry receives from Hogwarts, which was corrected in later print runs.

For the other titles in the Harry Potter series, it is only the first hardback editions with the dust jacket that have any collectable value.

“It was donated by a private collected from the UK.

“Buyers from all over the world have expressed an interest and it’s expected to sell in a few hours time.”

The battle to bag the ultra-rare book was ultimately left between two buyers who placed bids online and on the phone.

Harry Potter fans will soon be able to go inside Gringotts bank that’s set to open at Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour. 

The studio also offers unique experiences throughout the year, such as a Christmas Dinner event in the Great Hall.

Muggles could also book a romantic Valentine’s Day meal in the school dining room in February. 



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