Rowling’s copy of first Potter book fetches 1,50,000 pounds
Author JK Rowling’s personal copy of the first Harry Potter book, with handwritten notes and illustrations by the famed author, has sold for a record 1,50,000 pounds at auction in London.books Updated: May 23, 2013 01:08 IST
Author JK Rowling’s personal copy of the first Harry Potter book, with handwritten notes and illustrations by the famed author, has sold for a record 1,50,000 pounds at auction in London.
After a bidding war, the book sold for 150,000 pounds, a new record for a printed book by Rowling, BBC News reported. The largest amount paid for a JK Rowling book was the 2 million pounds fetched in 2007 by a handwritten copy of Tales of Beedle the Bard.
“The sale room fell silent as two determined bidders vied for the prized edition,” said a spokesperson for Sotheby’s. “Bidding leapt in increments of up to 25,000 pounds and the hammer finally fell, to a round of applause, on a 1,50,000 pounds telephone bid.”
Rowling’s personal annotations in the edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone cover 43 pages and include references to the series as a whole and also the film adaptations. Her notes include a reflection on an anomaly in chapter four about snapped wands and a section of text she refused to cut.
Rowling also talks about the genesis of the fictional game Quidditch. “[it] “was invented in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend,” she writes. Rowling’s 22 original illustrations include drawings of a Dumbledore chocolate frog card, a brooding Snape and Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback dragon.
The book was part of a sale of annotated first edition books by 50 UK and Commonwealth writers. The sale raised a total of 4,39,200 pounds for English PEN.