The first edition of “Harry Potter” sold at auction for a record $ 471,000

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There are no other words to describe this specimen than “magic”, “incredibly bright”. Although they did not want to publish the manuscript at first and did not expect anything from it, this copy serves as a kind of prophecy about what Harry Potter and his world will mean to people. ” it is said in the auction press release.

The publication was published in 1997. The hardcover book was printed in a circulation of only 500 copies. Most of these books went to libraries and schools. The estimated value of the lot was $ 70,000. Reuters notesthat $ 471,000 is a record for a work of art written in the 20th century. Prior to that, auction prices for the first editions of Harry Potter ranged from $ 110,000 to $ 138,000. The book was sold by an American collector, the name of the buyer is not disclosed.

Photo by Heritage Auctions

Earlier it became known that HBO Max will release a special episode for the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter franchise. It will star almost all the main actors – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Rafe Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter. It is planned that it will include interviews with members of the film crew. For example, “Return to Hogwarts” will feature director Chris Columbus, who shot the first two parts of the franchise. However, the creator of the book Joan Rowling will not appear in the special episode. This is connected with the writer’s accusations of transphobia.

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