Rare First Edition Harry Potter Book Sells For $90K, Typos Included


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An uncommon 1st edition copy of a Harry Potter book has sold at auction for $90,074, which far transcends its estimated valuation of $52,410 to $78,615.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was initially released in 1998, in an first run of roughly 500 copies, and down the road would go on to sell over 120,000,000 copies worldwide.

The first edition of the series is a captivating chronological record when compared to the scope of the global franchise it at length would spawn. It has a few typos, one included on its back cover where “Philosopher’s” is misspelled reading “Philospher’s,” and an additional one where an equipment list bares a repeated line. It’s an ominous beginning to what would later become one of the best-selling books ever.

Despite it not being privileged to the first edition of the book, this copy too boasts a peculiar illustration on its rear cover of a wizard who never emerges in any of the Harry Potter books.

It later was disclosed that the illustrator elected to contrive a character based on his father instead of depicting one of the wizards characterized in the book.

The image was swapped out eventually with a picture of Albus Dumbledore.

Regrettably, if you also own a first edition copy of the book, then it is improbable to be as valuable as this copy, which back in 2003 J.K. Rowling signed herself in advance of it being bought at a charity auction.

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