One Harry Potter fan showed their ultimate obsession for the series by purchasing a rare copy of the first novel for $50,000.
When J.K. Rowling’s first novel in the iconic franchise first shit shelves in 1997, there were only 500 copies. Of those copies, 300 were sent libraries.
One person saved one of those original copies in mint condition, and initially had no desire to sell it. The Lancashires were going to keep it as an heirloom until they heard about one of the novels selling for more than $30,000. Then, they decided to put up their copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the original title of the first novel, up for auction. It was auctioned off at Hanson’s Auctioneers in the UK for more than $50,000.
After fees and taxes, the buyer will have paid $62,788 for the rare book. Auctioneer Jim Spencer said to BBC News that the book was in pristine condition and looked “almost like the day it was made.”
The novel was published with two errors, and the auctioneers initially had an estimate price of between $27,000-$33,000.
🔥Hot Lot🔥 Lot 1144
Even paperbacks of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, first edition, first issue, London: Bloomsbury, 1997, sold extremely well today. This lot reached £2,900.@HansonsAuctions@Mr_Mulliner pic.twitter.com/QE9MFnM2cY
— Hansons (@HansonsUK) October 10, 2019
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Harry Potter fans can enter for a chance to spend the holidays in Hagrid’s Hut for just $1. The dates you will be staying are Dec. 22-29 so Christmas will be as magical as ever.
Along with staying in the iconic Harry Potter location, you and five others (6 maximum, up to 4 adults) will receive a warm North Shire welcome and a magical Christmas hamper filled with treats.
You’ll get to meet Hedwig (A snowy owl) and Harry Potter while he performs magic over afternoon tea. The package also includes a steam train ride at the Harry Potter Station in Goathland and presents delivered by Santa.
Check out the video below to get a real cozy feeling of anticipation.
The 2nd place winner receives a three nights stay in the Groundskeeper’s Cottage, and 3rd place receives a two nights stay in the Shire House.
The competition entry window is open until Oct. 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. EST so don’t get distracted by the Mirror of Erised and hurry. You can enter here.
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