UPDATED: Super Rare “Harry Potter” Book Is Going Up for Auction
What would a true Potterhead be willing to pay for one of the rarest Harry Potter books in existence? Well, we’re about to find out at the Hansons auction taking place on December 16, when a super rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will find a new home.
The book, which is a special 15th-anniversary edition bound in leather and signed by the author, is set to have a guide price of £5,000–£10,000. There are only 15 of these copies in existence, and the one going under the hammer this December belongs to Chloe Esslemont, who won it at the age of 16 when Bloomsbury ran a Harry Potter competition to celebrate the book’s 15th anniversary. The competition required participants to submit a letter that described why they love the Potter series. Esslemont’s entry focused on the Easter eggs hidden within the story (of which there are many), and she blew the judges away.
Jim Spencer, a book expert who works at Hansons, says that he’s never seen a book quite like this one.
Technically, this is the rarest Harry Potter book I have ever handled – and I have assessed hundreds. […] The value is completely unknown. I haven’t found another one for sale, or having sold, anywhere. I don’t even think there’s even a picture of one online!
Esslemont revealed that she decided to part with the book because it’s been gathering dust in her attic, not to mention that she can do with the money. We don’t think we’d ever be able to part willingly with such a rare copy, but we’re excited to see how much it sells for in the end.
If you’re curious about what else will be up for auction or have enough Galleons stashed away to bid on some items yourself, you can check out the online catalog.
UPDATE (December 22):
The ultra-rare edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been sold for £8,000.