Five Rare Copies of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” Sell for Over £100,000 Collectively at Hansons Auction

Yesterday, May 5, Hansons Auctioneers – an auction house in England that has become known for its rare Harry Potter finds – held its first auction dedicated to Harry Potter, also the first of its kind in the world.

There was no shortage of magical items available for potential bidders, including five first-print, first-edition hardback copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. As we previously noted in our own interview with Hansons Auctioneers’ book expert, Jim Spencer, the copies are exceptionally rare. Only 500 were ever printed, but the news article on the auction from Hansons notes that Spencer has now found 13 copies in 21 months.


Five first-edition copies of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Five first-edition copies of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” are shown, pictured as sold at auction by Hansons Auctioneers.


According to the Express & Star, those five rare copies of Philosopher’s Stone – all auctioned off as individual lots – sold for a collective £112,000. (The individual copies were sold for £41,000, £21,000, £19,000, £18,500, and £12,500.) That isn’t too bad, especially when Hansons notes that one of those copies was originally purchased for just 50 pence!

The Express & Star also reported that a proof cover design for Bloomsbury from 1997 that was included in the auction sold for £9,000. It “would have accompanied one of 200 uncorrected, pre-publication copies of the book” and had “considerable variations from the final published version.”

Jim Spencer, quoted by the Express & Star, described the environment in the online-only auction:

Some of the bidding battles were slow-burning, really tense, gradually building up into a frenzy between determined collectors.

We can imagine!

Looking for some rare Harry Potter memorabilia of your own and have a few Galleons to spend? We suggest keeping an eye on what Hansons has up for auction!

Would you purchase a rare Harry Potter book? Tell us in the comments below!


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Mary W.

I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.