For many people, the fantasy world of Harry Potter is an essential childhood memory. Whether you’ve seen its magic burst from the page or through a TV screen, the acclaimed seven-part series is loved by millions. If you’re one of his fans, you surely know how amazing it would be to get your hands on a first edition of the book that started it all: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This dream will soon become reality for one of the participants in a private auction organized by the auction house Christie’s.
The London-based auction house is selling an original copy of the first installment of the Harry Potter series at a private event in June. To receive entry to the event, Christie’s invites bids from 250,000 USD (8,630,256 THB), Reuters reports.
Rare Harry Potter book to go on sale at The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling exhibition
The sale is part of the auction house’s forthcoming “The Art of Literature: Loan and Sale” exhibition. According to Christie’s website, the event, which runs from June 7-15, offers exciting insight into the works of notable artists and writers, including William Shakespeare, Peter Paul Rubens, Lucian Freud, Joan Mitchell, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Peter Doig, and more.
The rare book includes several errors and a signature from its author, JK Rowling. “There were a few things they seemed to get wrong in the production of the book,” said Mark Wiltshire, print book specialist and co-curator of “The Art of Literature” exhibition. Reuters. “On the back cover, for example, philosophers, which of course is quite a catchword…is misspelled ‘philosophers’, that ‘o’ that second ‘o’ is missing. Also on page 53, in the list of items students are encouraged to take with them to Hogwarts, “a wand” is repeated twice.
The book is one of 500 copies printed in a first print run in 1997. Three hundred of them were sent to libraries and the one auctioned this month at Christie’s is one of 200 more. is the physical manifestation of a magical memory for so many people and that’s what makes it so desirable,” Wiltshire told the outlet.
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