A rare first edition of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone has sold for a whopping £75,000 at auction, making more than double the asking price.
The book, which had been sat on a bookshelf for 21 years, was sold by an English ex-pat who had originally purchased it to help his children learn English as they grew up in Luxembourg. The copy of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone was sold to a private international buyer following an insane bidding war.
Original estimates set the price between £20,000 to 30,000, but the copy was in such good condition that it was expected to sell for a great deal more at auction. As we’ve learned today, the book sold for over half of the estimated price.
There are multiple ways to identify a first edition of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, which was originally published by Bloomsbury in 1997. Most importantly, the issue number must read “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”, however, a rare copy can also be identified by the duplication of “1 wand” on page 53.
Think you have a rare copy of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone? Make sure to check the issue number before getting too excited!