First-Edition Copy of “Philosopher’s Stone” Auctioned for Record-Breaking $81,250

You might remember that a signed first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is being auctioned off in the near future, as are several pieces of art by cover artists Cliff Wright, Jason Cockcroft, and more. September seems to be a lucky month for collectors of Harry Potter antiquities because a copy of Philosopher’s Stone just sold for a whopping $81,250 – that’s £59,866 or 597,188 Galleons!

Heritage Auctions now holds the world record for highest price paid for an uninscribed work of fiction published in the last 50 years. It had also previously held the record, set in 2013, until it was broken late last year by Bonhams when a copy sold for £43,750 ($59377.50). 

We’re certainly happy for – and yes, a little jealous of – the lucky auction winner who took home this gorgeous book. It’s a good thing there’s still a chance to buy the aforementioned art at Heritage’s auction next month.