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Rare First Edition 'Harry Potter' Sells For Over $19,000

A softcover copy of the first 'Harry Potter' book by J.K. Rowling has sold for $19,120 at a Dallas auction house.

The copy of 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone' is one of only 200 from the first printing issued with illustrated wrappers by London publisher Bloomsbury.

The 1997 book was published in the United States as 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' and includes an illustrated card signed by author J. K. Rowling.

Heritage Auction Galleries reports the winning bid at Friday's auction was from a vintage comic book collector from the United Arab Emirates whose wife is a fan of the 'Harry Potter' books.

The winning bid of $19,120 was nearly double the previous record for a softcover Harry Potter book of $10,750. The auction had estimated that the 223-page book would sell for as much as $12,000.

Rowling's series of seven books about the boy wizard has sold more than 325 million copies worldwide and been translated into 64 languages.

The last book in the series, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', was published in 2007.

March 11, 2009 |

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