Rare “Potter” book with Rowling illustrations fetches record price at Sotheby’s auction house

According to BBC News, an extremely rare Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone book received an amazingly high bid at auction.

A first edition print of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that had 43 pages covered with illustrations from author J.K. Rowling sold at Sotheby’s for 150,000 GBP (or close to $300,000 USD). It was a bidding war between two buyers as the auction raised a total of 439,200 GBP for English PEN, which campaigns for freedom of expression.


A sleeping baby Harry on the Dursleys’ doorstep is
one of 22 original illustrations by JK Rowling

Rowling’s 22 original illustrations include drawings of an Albus Dumbledore chocolate frog card, an image of Severus Snape brooding about, Norbert, and Quirreldemort. There are also annotations that include references to the entire series as a whole and the film adaptations.

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