11:31 23 May 2013
JK Rowling’s personal copy of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was sold at auction for charity for a whopping £150,000. The book, which launched Rowling’s sensational career in writing, contained hand drawings, illustrations of scenes, and annotations.
According to reports, two determined bidders vied for the book until the bidding leapt in increments of up to £25,000. The bid, which was reportedly a telephone bid, sealed the deal with £150,000.
Aside from Rowling’s book, other highlights included Roald Dahl’s Matilda, which sold for £30,000, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day for £18,000, Julian Barne’s Metroland for £14,000, and Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader for £11,000.
The auction raised a total of £439,200 for charity.
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