A first edition copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' is being auctioned by Bonhams on March 27, 2019. Image: courtesy of Bonhams via AFP Relaxnews
First edition copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ could fetch $79,000 at auction
AFP Relaxnews / 08:05 PM March 11, 2019
A first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is part of Bonhams’ “Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs” auction set to take place in London on March 27.
Released in 1997, the hardcover book is a first impression copy of JK Rowling’s fantasy novel.
This special edition contains some particularities, including a publisher’s imprint page with the number sequence from 10 to 1, a duplication of “1 wand” on page 53, and the misspelling “Philospher’s” on the lower cover. It also features JK Rowling’s signature on a sticker loosely inserted inside.
The book is estimated to be sold for £40,000 to 60,000 ($52,000 to $79,000 or €47,000 to €70,000).
Other rarities will also be auctioned, such as Stephen Hawking’s presentation copy of “The Universe in a Nutshell”– with the thumbprint of the renowned physicist on the title-page and the marriage contract between Edward III and Philippa of Hainault. JB