Harry Potter Books at Auction: First Edition Philosopher’s Stone Selling at Record Prices

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Feb 27, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Several pieces of news today regarding Harry Potter books up for auction. First thanks to Heritage Auction for letting us know about a first edition Bloomsbury copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone) they have for auction. Heritage let us know this book is “a rare true first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ’
one of the original 200 copies in the publisher’s illustrated stiff
wrappers from the initial 500 copy print run.” The Los Angeles Chronicle is reporting the book, due to go live online for the auction March 6 in Texas, is already “going for $15,000; nearly $18,000 with the buyer’s premium included.The previous auction record was $10,750,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas.” The paper continues:

The anonymous consignor, described by Gannon as “an avid book collector
from England,” said he’s frankly surprised — and delighted — at the
early bidding: “It takes a lot to shock me, but this is probably as
shocked as I have ever been regarding auction bidding. Has the world
gone mad? We are in the deepest recession for 80 years and a Harry
Potter children’s paperback book is setting a record price.”

In a release to TLC, Heritage said: Not only is this the first edition, first issue of the greatest fantasy
saga of our time’ said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage,
“but it comes with an added bonus ’ an illustrated card duplicating the
front cover art and signed by J. K. Rowling. Last October, we sold a
first edition in the original wrappers almost exactly like this one for
$10,755, but it was not accompanied by Rowling’s signature, making this
copy even more desirable.” You can see this book, as well as another Harry Potter book that will be included in the online auction March 6 via this link.

On a related note, a JKR signed copy of the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is up for auction, with proceeds to help the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDs in children. This auction is ongoing and runs until March 3rd.

Thanks Brenna and Richard!





44 Responses to Harry Potter Books at Auction: First Edition Philosopher’s Stone Selling at Record Prices

Avatar ImageCeltise says: Wish i had one!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: It is times like these that I wish I had money!!!!!!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: wow that is really cool! <----[turns pockets inside out] too bad i'm broke! J.K.'s signature is really cool looking.Avatar Imagewizardinventor says: I would love to have one of those copies. I wonder how much I could save up before the auction? :)Avatar ImageJS297206 says: To have a true first edition would be sooooooo cool! Also a signed copy of DH wouldn't be too bad either :-) Avatar ImageProfessorPotter says: The world hasnt gone mad but the bidder has, lol. But its the bonus illustration card signed by Rowling which gives it the greater value. I wish the money was going to charity though but thats not to say the auction is wrong, its a business and there's nothing wrong with that. But it would be nice if they donated a small percentage to a children's charity.Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: That is going high. It seems some people are not affected by the recession. I would love to have the book but I would never bid on it even if I had the money. Interesting that no word about the proceeds going for charity on this one.Avatar Imageisc_hector says: Whoa Cool G... be cool, relax XD. Anyways... I guess I wouldn't buy it either even if I had the money... I'd rather... dunno, go to the last 3 movies premiere or whatever... Jeez... What do you think they do with these books? I mean, obviously not read them as if they were any books, I'd have them in an isolated glass self, with lasers and fierce dogs around them XD.Avatar ImageErinM says: I would be so proud to have a signature from Jo, unfortunately I cannot afford these ones! A bit pricey for my "watch my pennies" budget!!Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Wow. If only...Avatar Imagequoddy says: Totally epic. And I agree, her signiture is awesome. xD Oh, the upper class. The things they do.Avatar Imagekimmypotter says: not fair. why do i have to be broke??Avatar ImageCatherine says: wow!!!Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Anything signed by Jo would be amazing. Too bad I can't pay for it. I just wish i could meet her.Avatar Imagejonfrog says: it just goes to show just how great this fandom is. you don't see twilight first editions being bought for that much.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I envy those who do have the money to participate in the auction, for I would consider it a great honor to place my hands on this kind of thing! I only think it a pity that the money raised is not going to charity.Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Im really curious about this signature. Is it printed or a straight from Rowling one? Because if it is printed i don't see the big deal. I have Ootp, HBp and Dh in first edition with her signature printed on the first page. So...Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: Who cares about a recession? Of course that book's going for that much! Too bad I can't afford it, I would love to have it.Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: If I had the money, I would buy it in a heartbeat! I would LOVE to own this!!! If I had the money for the Signed Copy of Deathly Hallows, I would buy it also. :pAvatar ImageAccioCloak says: Imagine finding one of those hidden around the house!!!!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool!Avatar ImageGreat Uncle Algie says: oh man. I want one so bad... I think I have an american first edition, but thats not the sameAvatar Imagehermyone08 says: I wish I had that kind of money! Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I know, but having a first edition of the first Harry Potter book would be fantastic. Avatar Imagealbeitgurggish says: I want money.Avatar ImageBradyboy says: I don;t know if I would buy that, it would just stand on my desk gathering dust...Avatar ImageFelipe_Q says: If only I was a millionaire... heheAvatar ImageoOoVettyoOo says: if only i had the moneyAvatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: OMG! I wish I had one. A real rare first edition would be totally awesome. And a DH signed edition would be really, really cool as well. It's times like these where I wish I had a vault at Gringots full off gold I never new I had! :) xxxAvatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Wow! Awesome! But not in my budget right now... :(Avatar Imageemmy. says: I wish I had a first edition of Philosopher's Stone... But unfortunately I only found out about Harry Potter in 1999!!Avatar Imageemmy. says: Well, at least my Philosopher's Stone version has the old drawing on the back.So I can THINK I have something sort of rare ;)Avatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: Wow. That's crazy, I can't imagine anyone spending that much money on a book, even if it is Harry Potter. I have to agree with some of the others, I don't think I would buy it if I had the money, unless the proceeds are going to charity.Avatar ImageSally_Zaar says: Hell if you've got the money, why not? I'd love to own that!Avatar Imageravenclawguy1972 says: damn! can someone loan me $20,000 ? j/k it would be awesome to have though Avatar Imagetinagin says: Not at all surprising.Avatar Imagecleber says: for hardcore wealthy fans onlyAvatar ImageSidish_black6 says: Wit the economic downturn. . . This is crazy. . . . But who carez its their money. . . . . ok, tell me who's the highest bidder, after this thing is over. . . . I'll buy frm him/her. . . :) ;p Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: Wow, that's worth a lot. Blimey, wish I could own something that rare!Avatar ImageBradyboy says: That's Awesome! Avatar ImageHappy_Orange says: WOW! And someone said you don't see twilight first editions going for that much - Twilight hasn't been around for as long as Harry PotterAvatar ImageAlbus Marcos Dumbledore says: i wish ihad me one of those books i would be rich lol Avatar ImageHaxX0rz says: .. i live in texas... and i have a copy Harry Potter First Edition : Philosopher's Stone,its in excellent condition and have had it since i was young when it came out.. is it concidered priceless? is it wrong to sell it at any rate?

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