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First edition Harry Potter book sold for record $471,000


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The first edition of the popular book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been auctioned for no less than $471,000. This makes the rare book the most expensive book of the twentieth century, according to auction house Heritage Auctions.


According to Heritage Auctions, a total of 5,650 copies of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were issued in 1997. However, only 500 with a hardcover were produced. This edition was primarily intended for libraries. Other editions of the book also brought in a lot of money, between 110,000 and 138,000 dollars, but because of the rarity of this particular edition of the children’s book, potential buyers quickly offered higher prices.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first in the popular book series. In 1999, writer JK Rowling sold the film rights to Warner Bros. for 1 million pounds. Like the book series, the movies became immensely popular, grossing around $10 billion in total. In the Netherlands, more than twelve million visitors bought a cinema ticket.

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