Harry Potter First Edition is on sale privately at Christie’s in London

A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with some errors and signed by author JK Rowling, is being sold privately at Christie’s in London, with the auction house asking for bids starting at $250,000.

The publication is one of 500 bound copies of the book that were printed in a first edition in 1997. 300 of them were sent to libraries.

The one being sold by Christie’s as part of its forthcoming exhibition, The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling, is among the other 200.

“There were a few things they seemed to have gotten wrong with the book production,” Mark Wiltshire, a printed book specialist and co-curator of The Art of Literature exhibition, told Reuters.

“On the back, for example, philosophers, which is of course quite a keyword…is misspelled ‘philosophen’, the ‘o’, the second ‘o’ is missing. Also on page 53, in the list of items for students to take to Hogwarts, ‘a wand’ is repeated twice.”

Mark Wiltshire, a specialist in printed books, said they seemed to get some things wrong with the book production.
Mark Wiltshire, a specialist in printed books, said they seemed to get some things wrong with the book production.
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While Rowling was still unknown at the time, the book about the magical world of witches and wizards became a huge hit around the world, spawning an entire series and a huge film franchise.

“In many ways, this book is the physical manifestation of a magical memory for so many people, and that’s what makes it so desirable,” Wiltshire said.

Christie’s Art of Literature event is open to the public June 7-15.

The publication is one of 500 bound copies of the book that were printed in a first edition in 1997.
The publication is one of 500 bound copies of the book that were printed in a first edition in 1997.
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