The first edition of Joan Rowling’s novel “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” sold at auction in the United States for 471 thousand. dollars. About this reported Reuters news agency.
Lot became the most expensive art book in the world, written in the twentieth century. The sold book was released in 1997, it has a hardcover with a color illustration on the cover, which looks, as noted in the auction house, “magical, incredibly bright, almost untouched.”
The publication was published in the United States, so the cover says “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – it is under this name that Rowling’s debut novel was published in the United States. There are only 500 such books in the world.
The book previously belonged to an American collector, whose name is not disclosed. The owner intended to sell it for about 70 thousand. dollars, but the final price exceeded expectations by more than six times.
Earlier, the first editions of the “Harry Potter” series were put up for auction, but they did not cost more than 138 thousand. dollars.
“It’s not just the most expensive Harry Potter book ever sold, it’s the most expensive commercially published work of art of the 20th century,” said Joe Maddalen, executive vice president of Heritage Auctions.
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is the first book in a series about the adventures of the wizard Harry Potter, written by British writer Joan Rowling. In total, there are seven books in the series, eight films have been made based on them. The books have been translated into 80 languages and have been published in a total circulation of about 500 million copies.