Harry Potter: First edition book found in skip sells at auction for ₤33,000

Derrick Santistevan

A first edition Harry Potter book has actually offered for ₤33,000 at auction – after being found in a skip.

The uncommon hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Theorist’s Stone was restored from the skip at a Buckinghamshire school, and was offered with 4 other books from the series that were likewise found discarded.

2 Theorist’s Stone paperback first editions went for ₤ 3,400 and ₤ 3,000 respectively.

And first edition copies of the Chamber of Secrets and the Detainee of Azkaban made ₤360

The second and 3rd books in the series likewise offered in theauction Picture: Hansons

Due to coronavirus limitations, bidders took part in the international auction by phone and online.

The Theorist’s Stone hardback was purchased by a private UK purchaser.

The copy was among just 500 first edition hardbacks printed of the 1997 book, and had actually an approximated cost of in between ₤ 8,000 and ₤12,000

The confidential seller, a 65- year-old instructor, stated: “To say I’m pleased is an understatement. Due to its condition, we thought £20,000 would be a good result. We watched the auction and the price just kept going up and up.”

The hardback version of Harry Potter and the Theorist’s Stone offered for ₤33,000 Picture: Hansons

The extremely desired books might have been lost to garbage dump, had the instructor not found the copies in a skip at a school where she utilized to work in 2008 and kept them in her loft.

She added: “I love books and reading and it just seemed awful to throw them away, so I picked up about five Harry Potter books. I thought they might be useful for my children or grandchildren in the future. It was better than seeing them go to waste.”

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Jim Spencer, head of Hansons’ Library Auction, stated: “I’m thrilled for our suppliers. It was wonderful to see the Harry Potter books do so well and trigger such extreme bidding.

” I constantly believed the Theorist’s Stone hardback first edition may shock us. I place on a simple quote due to some damage to the binding.

” We had great deals of interest, especially from America, in what was an unique Harry Potter-themed library auction.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson offered the books. Picture: Hansons

” We offered a plethora of books for numerous customers, some signed by JK Rowling.

” Another emphasize was a Theorist’s Stone paperback first edition in beautiful condition that made ₤ 6,500″

Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s Stone is the first book in the cherished series, which generated movies, product and even amusement park.

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