Super rare ‘Harry Potter’ book sold for $90,000. Here’s why
Mar 29, 2019
There’s a rare copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” that’s selling for around $90,000, according to multiple reports.
The rare first edition copy sold for £68,812 (around $90,000), according to Design Taxi. The number exceeds the valuation of £40,000 to £60,000.
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Why it’s rare: The book is so rare because the book is one of the first 500 copies sold back in 1998 before it was republished and sold with more than 120 million copies across the world.
- The recently sold book contains a few typos as well. For example, it misspells “Philosopher’s” as “Philospher’s.” There’s also a repeated line — the phrase “1 wand” is repeated twice on Harry’s list of school equipment, Yahoo News reports.
- The copy also includes “a bizarre illustration on its back cover of a wizard who never appears in any of the ‘Harry Potter’ books,” according to The Verge.
- The illustrator invented the character based on his father rather than any of the characters in the book.
Yes, but: “Unfortunately, if you’ve also got a first edition copy of the book, then it’s unlikely to be as valuable as this copy, which was signed by J.K. Rowling herself back in 2003 in advance of it being sold at a charity auction,” according to The Verge.