Harry Potter First Edition With Author’s Notes Up For Auction

Category: Media & Culture / May 20, 2013 2:00PM EDT


Sotheby’s are presenting a unique auction, giving book lovers a chance to get one step closer to the authors they adore: Entitled “First editions, Second Thoughts” the auction house will put under the hammer a collection of first edition books complete with hand written notes by the authors.

But the highlight of auction will be the first edition of the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. The edition includes hand written notes by J.K Rowling and drawings.

Dr Phillip Errington, Sotheby’s English Literature Specialist commented on the significance:

"Harry Potter is a significant book in its own right because of the value of the first edition. 20,000 pounds, up to 20,000 pounds would be the standard value of just the first edition without any annotations. This of course has got over a thousand words by the author and over twenty-two illustrations. It's a significant piece."

Other first edition books going under the hammer include; S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, Ronald Dahl’s “Matilda” and Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary”. The auction will begin on Tuesday May 21st with 50 contemporary editions up for grabs.


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