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