A first edition Harry Potter book found in a bookstore in Scotland could fetch £60,000 (US$79,800).
A hardcover copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – the first book in JK Rowling’s boy wizard stories – was published in 1997, the BBC reports.
British stockists Hansons said it was one of 200 copies distributed in stores in a first-ever print run of the book, with a suggested retail price of £10.
Hansons shareholders expect the replica to fetch between £40,000 and £60,000 at the auction on December 11.
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A 58-year-old retired manager bought this book in a bookstore cafe. Since the purchase, she kept it in a cupboard under the stairs at home.
Harry Potter book expert Jim Spencer said:
“These first releases are getting harder and harder to find. It is probably one of the few examples left and has been in private hands since its acquisition in 1997.
This is a genuine copy – and a fantastically well-preserved copy”.
The Harry Potter books are among the best-selling books, with more than 600 million copies sold worldwide.
It will be recalled that the British writer Joan Rowling made free e-books about Harry Potter, which were published in Ukrainian by the publishing house “A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha”, freely available. Currently, the electronic version in Ukrainian is available only for three of the seven books.
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