Now that's just wizard: Rare Harry Potter book gets sold for £27k... by man named Harry Potter
A first edition of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone has been sold for £27,500 – by a man named Harry Potter.
The 33-year-old was given the hardback book as a gift from his father when it was released in 1997.
Only 500 copies of the initial print run were ever produced.
Mr Potter had kept it under the stairs at his home in Waterlooville, Hampshire, since his father’s death from cancer in 2017.
But he decided to part with the precious novel in order to raise money to scatter his ashes in Africa.
And despite being in well-thumbed condition, it sold to a private UK buyer yesterday at Hansons Auctioneers, in Etwall, Derbyshire, for £27,500.
Mr Potter, 33, from Waterlooville, Hampshire, said: ‘I’m happy it sold. We plan to use the proceeds to take my dad’s ashes to Kenya.’
Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, added: ‘We’re delighted to deliver a happy ending, and add a new chapter to the Potter story.
‘Considering its well-used, well-loved condition, the book did extremely well. I’m so pleased Harry and Katie can now use the proceeds to honour their father.
‘And I’m delighted Hansons’ has sprinkled yet more Potter magic. It’s all down to the hard work of our hugely respected books expert Jim Spencer.
‘He has uncovered and sold several rare Potter books and gained a formidable worldwide reputation for his expertise.’