Copy of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” Signed by Film Actors Sold at Auction in Cornwall
A paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban signed by eight of the actors from the film adaptation of the book was sold at auction in Cornwall earlier today, April 22.
The book was auctioned off by David Lay Auctions, based in Penzance, for £1,150. This was above its estimated value of “between £500 and £800,” according to local news website Cornwall Live.
As described by David Lay Auctions, this copy of Prisoner of Azkaban was signed by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge), and Martin Bayfield (Coltrane’s body and stunt double as Hagrid). In the photograph of the page featuring the signatures, a handwritten inscription from Bayfield notes that the book was given to an individual named Sam.
David Lay Auctions added this note about the book’s provenance:
Gifted to the mascot of Martin Bayfield[‘]s (body double to Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid) testimonial match.
While not a rare Harry Potter book in itself (and described as having some toning and water damage), the addition of so many signatures from the film’s actors to this copy undoubtedly made it a collector’s item that many fans of the series would love to own.
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