One of the seven copies of the book, written by JK Rowling for the most prominent people responsible for bringing Harry Potter in this world, was sold for £368,750 ($467,000, 439,700 euros, Rs 3.15 crore).
This copy of ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard was bought by an unnamed telephone bidder at the auction house Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday. It was gifted to her publisher, Barry Cunningham, who had published her first book- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Cunningham decided to sell it off with Rowling’s blessings, almost 20 years after the first Harry Potter book that was published. Mr Cunningham, a publishing house owner currently, said he would be sad to part with the edition, but he hoped to use the gift to benefit his children as well as Rowling’s charity Lumos.
It was sold along with the envelope in which the copy was enfolded.Mr. Cunningham’s copy had a cover made with brown Moroccan leather with silver stones in all the corners and also a silver mounted skull in between.
It had a note written by Rowling saying “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell … THANK YOU.”
In the last movie of the Harry Potter series, this book was left by Dumbledore for Hermione to help them defeat “You-Know-Who”.
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