That’s a lot of Galleons, y’all.
A rare copy of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (as it’s called in the U.K., and not “Sorcerer’s,” like we say in the U.S.) just sold at auction for £68,000, aka $90,000. (“Bloody hell,” Ron Weasley would say, probably.)
This ultra-rare book was sold at an auction by Bonhams Auction House in Knightsbridge, west London, today, according to The Daily Mail.
The first run of the book only contained 500 copies when it was printed in 1997, and one of these copies belonged to J.K. Rowling’s first literary agent, Christopher Little. Little’s copy of the book was the one sold at auction today, when two bidders were involved in a bidding war via phone and online.
The quirky copy contains a few errors, including the misspelled title on the back of the book (“Philosopher’s” is spelled “Philospher’s”), plus a duplication in Harry’s school supply list on one of the pages (“1 wand” is listed twice in the list of what Harry needs to bring to Hogwarts).
Also, these first 500 books printed J.K. Rowling’s name as Joanne Rowling on the inside cover, and is signed by the author herself.
Accio, bidder’s phone number! We’re going to see if they want our copy as well…