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Harry Potter Books at Auction: First Edition Philosopher's Stone Selling at Record Prices

Posted by: sue
February 27, 2009, 09:33 AM

Several pieces of news today regarding Harry Potter books up for auction. First thanks to Heritage Auction for letting us know about a first edition Bloomsbury copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone) they have for auction. Heritage let us know this book is "a rare true first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – one of the original 200 copies in the publisher’s illustrated stiff wrappers from the initial 500 copy print run." The Los Angeles Chronicle is reporting the book, due to go live online for the auction March 6 in Texas, is already "going for $15,000; nearly $18,000 with the buyer's premium included.The previous auction record was $10,750," said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas." The paper continues:

The anonymous consignor, described by Gannon as "an avid book collector from England," said he's frankly surprised -- and delighted -- at the early bidding: "It takes a lot to shock me, but this is probably as shocked as I have ever been regarding auction bidding. Has the world gone mad? We are in the deepest recession for 80 years and a Harry Potter children's paperback book is setting a record price."

In a release to TLC, Heritage said: Not only is this the first edition, first issue of the greatest fantasy saga of our time,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage, “but it comes with an added bonus – an illustrated card duplicating the front cover art and signed by J. K. Rowling. Last October, we sold a first edition in the original wrappers almost exactly like this one for $10,755, but it was not accompanied by Rowling’s signature, making this copy even more desirable.” You can see this book, as well as another Harry Potter book that will be included in the online auction March 6 via this link.

On a related note,  a JKR signed copy of the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is up for auction, with proceeds to help the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDs in children. This auction is ongoing and runs until March 3rd.

Thanks Brenna and Richard!

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3048 Points

I envy those who do have the money to participate in the auction, for I would consider it a great honor to place my hands on this kind of thing!

I only think it a pity that the money raised is not going to charity.

Posted by Kirk on February 27, 2009, 03:05 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

Im really curious about this signature. Is it printed or a straight from Rowling one? Because if it is printed i don’t see the big deal. I have Ootp, HBp and Dh in first edition with her signature printed on the first page. So…

Posted by Mr. Brightside on February 27, 2009, 03:18 PM report to moderator
2233 Points

Who cares about a recession? Of course that book’s going for that much! Too bad I can’t afford it, I would love to have it.

Posted by Emily [ROAR] on February 27, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
2224 Points

If I had the money, I would buy it in a heartbeat! I would LOVE to own this!!!

If I had the money for the Signed Copy of Deathly Hallows, I would buy it also. :p

Posted by on February 27, 2009, 04:10 PM report to moderator
3700 Points

Imagine finding one of those hidden around the house!!!!

Posted by Minerva McGonagall on February 27, 2009, 05:42 PM report to moderator
6921 Points


Posted by badger666 on February 27, 2009, 06:14 PM report to moderator
6921 Points


Posted by badger666 on February 27, 2009, 06:14 PM report to moderator
121 Points

oh man. I want one so bad…
I think I have an american first edition, but thats not the same

Posted by Great Uncle Algie on February 27, 2009, 08:18 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

I wish I had that kind of money!

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on February 27, 2009, 08:24 PM report to moderator
8069 Points

I know, but having a first edition of the first Harry Potter book would be fantastic.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on February 27, 2009, 08:40 PM report to moderator
2310 Points

I want money.

Posted by albeitgruggish on February 27, 2009, 11:22 PM report to moderator
7524 Points

I don;t know if I would buy that, it would just stand on my desk gathering dust…

Posted by Bradyboy on February 27, 2009, 11:26 PM report to moderator
912 Points

If only I was a millionaire… hehe

Posted by Felipe on February 27, 2009, 11:28 PM report to moderator
1522 Points

if only i had the money

Posted by oOo Vetty oOo [ROAR] iL0VESEAMUS on February 27, 2009, 11:30 PM report to moderator
4024 Points

OMG! I wish I had one. A real rare first edition would be totally awesome. And a DH signed edition would be really, really cool as well. It’s times like these where I wish I had a vault at Gringots full off gold I never new I had! :)


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