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First edition Harry Potter book sells for a magical £28,500

A rare Harry Potter first edition of The Philosopher’s Stone has been sold for £28,500.

The book was first picked up at a jumble sale for 25 pence.

Only 500 hardback copies were printed in 1997 of J K Rowling’s first book in the series.

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Most were sent to libraries – including the one just sold.

The book still had a Staffordshire Libraries sticker inside the front cover, and a note saying it had been withdrawn from the shelf.

It later ended up in a jumble sale.

After reading the book its owner, a 54-year-old office worker, left it on a shelf for more than 20 years.

It went under the hammer at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire and was bought by a UK collector.

The owner said: “I can’t believe it. It’s what I’d hoped for, but I never really believed my book would make that price.”

Charles Hanson

Television celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson said: “All our client wants to do with [the money] is buy a new bathroom.

“Even now the softback publications, which were first editions, are fetching thousands of pounds.

“But this is a hardback and one of only 500.

“It’s so important in that great history of Harry Potter.”

Jim Spencer, head of books at Hansons, said:

“I was slightly caught in disbelief when I first saw it. I receive calls every week from people saying they have a first-edition Harry Potter.

“In fact, when news of this discovery broke, I was receiving 50 emails a day.

“But most copies can invariably be ruled out in seconds.

“I found the book when I was called to a client’s house near Stafford to value three boxes of books.

“And here it was – the holy grail of Harry Potter books. I was so excited. Every book valuer dreams of finding one of these.”

 

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