Original “Potter” Art to Be Auctioned Next Month!
Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale of the chair in which J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter last summer, has more Harry Potter rarities coming up for auction next month!
This time on offer are exclusive pieces of artwork from original UK cover illustrators Thomas Taylor, Cliff Wright, Giles Greenfield, and Jason Cockcroft. The artwork is tipped into UK deluxe editions of the Potter books and is being offered in two separate lots.
The first lot, starting at $1,750, includes first printings of the deluxe editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Philosopher’s Stone features a tipped-in original watercolor signed by cover artist Thomas Taylor.
Chamber of Secrets features an original watercolor signed by cover artist Cliff Wright on the dedication page, and Order of the Phoenix features a tipped-in original watercolor signed by cover artist Jason Cockcroft.
The second lot, starting at $1,000, features first printings of the UK deluxe editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Prisoner of Azkaban features a tipped-in original signed watercolor by cover artist Cliff Wright, and Goblet of Fire features a tipped-in original watercolor signed by cover artist Giles Greenfield entitled The Dream.
Aren’t they beautiful? Whoever gets one – or both – of these lots will own a truly unique piece of Potter history. We wish it could be us!
There are also several other rare Potter-related items on the block at Heritage Auctions, including:
- A first UK edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- A signed, first UK edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Two first UK editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (here and here)
- A signed, first UK edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- A first UK edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which includes a bookplate signed by J.K. Rowling and is signed by the illustrator
- A first printing of the UK edition of The Cuckoo’s Calling, signed by J.K. Rowling as “Robert Galbraith”
- A first printing of the US edition of The Cuckoo’s Calling
- A lot of six UK first editions of Potter books, including three deluxe editions
- A lot of seven US hardcovers of Potter books, including two deluxe editions
Bids can be placed online for all auctions until an hour before the auction occurs on September 14 – so you have a few weeks to try to rationalize spending this much money on books.
Will any of you be splurging on these rare additions for your collections?