There are only 500 hardback first editions of the book
Attention all Potterheads! Do you remember the book which started our journey with 11-year-old Harry Potter at 11 Pivet Drive?
Yes, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A rare copy of the book was recently discovered by a teacher 12 years ago along with two paperback first editions, according to the BBC, and has been sold for £33,000 during an online auction.
“The anonymous seller found the books outside a school while tidying its library before an Ofsted inspection,” the news website reported. After the paperbacks went for £3,400 and £3,000, the seller said: “To say I’m pleased is an understatement.”
Back in 1997, only 500 hardback first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were printed and most of them were sent to schools and libraries.
According to the BBC, prior to the auction the hardback had an estimate of £8,000-£12,000 due to some damage to its binding. It was bought by a private UK buyer after “a tense auction battle”, Hansons Auctioneers said.