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  • Harry Potter first edition to make $26,000?
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    Paul Fraser
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Harry Potter first edition to make $26,000?

A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is up for auction at Bonhams.

It's valued at £15,000-20,000 ($19,464-25,953) ahead of a books and manuscripts sale on November 9.

Harry Potter Philosophers
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is one of the most successful books of all time

Only 500 initial copies of the book were printed, with most sent out to libraries.

It can be identified by the repetition of the words "1 wand" on page 53.

Also, the author's name is listed as Joanne Rowling (this was changed so as not dissuade young male readers). 

Matthew Haley, head of books and manuscripts at Bonhams, said: "As the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has a special place in the affections of the millions of readers across the world and the proof reading error about the wand in the first edition has, of course, become a treasured piece of Harry Potter arcana.

"Like most enduring books aimed at younger readers, the Harry Potter books also have wide appeal to adults and there is a strong market among collectors for first editions.

"This copy is in excellent condition one of the very best I've seen and we're expecting a lot of interest."

The record for a first edition of the book is £150,000 ($194,400), set at a charity auction for a copy annotated by JK Rowling.

Another non-annotated copy realised $43,750 in 2013.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • editionfirstHarryPotter