A primary version of the debut Harry Potter ebook within the sequence by J.Okay. Rowling was simply bought for $38,000 by a British man with a stake within the character’s good title.
Certainly, one Harry Potter, 33, of Waterlooville, Hampshire, has bought his well-loved copy of “Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone” (launched within the US as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), which he obtained as a present from his father in 1997 — the yr the ebook was launched.
Solely 500 copies of that first version had been printed.
Potter has saved the ebook as a prized possession, now with immense sentimental worth since his father handed away attributable to most cancers in 2017. However he’s just lately determined to half methods with the amount with the aim of fundraising for a visit to Kenya, the place Potter plans to scatter his dad’s ashes.
Regardless of its worn corners and creased backbone, the novel bought at Hansons Auctioneers, in Etwall, Derbyshire, for £27,500 ($38,000).
“I’m blissful it bought,” he mentioned in an announcement to South West Information Service. “We plan to make use of the proceeds to take my dad’s ashes to Kenya.”
“We’re delighted to ship a cheerful ending, and add a brand new chapter to the Potter story,” added Hanson Auctioneers proprietor Charles Hanson.
“Contemplating its well-used, well-loved situation, the ebook did extraordinarily properly,” he mentioned. “I’m so happy Harry and Katie can now use the proceeds to honor their father.”
Whereas $38,000 is nothing to sneeze at, one other first printing of the identical ebook, which moreover bragged an autograph from the creator, fetched a cool $90,000 in 2019.
Three years prior, a bedazzled, handwritten tome by Rowling herself — a re-creation of “The Tales of the Beedle the Bard,” a narrative advised inside “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” — raised a whopping $620,000 for charity.