The first edition of “Harry Potter” sold for $ 471,000

A first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by JK Rowling, sold for $ 471,000 at auction in the United States, can be seen in an undated photo. Heritage auctions / Document via Reuters

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (Reuters) – A first edition of “Harry Potter” sold for $ 471,000 in the United States on Thursday, which the auctioneers said was a world record price for a work of fiction by the XXth century.

The 1997 UK hardcover edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, with color illustration on the cover, has been described by Heritage Auctions as “magical, amazingly bright and almost pristine”.

The book was published in the United States under the title “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

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The Dallas-based auction house said only 500 copies with the specific binding were printed. The final price was more than six times the pre-sale estimate of $ 70,000.

Previous auction prices for the first Harry Potter editions ranged from around $ 110,000 to $ 138,000.

“Not only is it the most expensive Harry Potter book ever to sell, it’s also the most expensive commercially published 20th century work of fiction ever to sell,” said Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions, Joe Maddalena, in a statement.

The book was sold by an American collector and the name of the purchaser has not been disclosed.

British author JK Rowling went on to write six more books on the Adventures of the Orphan Wizard which have sold some 500 million copies worldwide in 80 languages, according to US publisher Scholastic. The books were turned into eight films which grossed $ 7.8 billion at the global box office.

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Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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