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Woman Sells First Edition Harry Potter Book Found in Bargain Bucket for $70,000

A Harry potter novel, The Philosopher’s stone was bought for a bargain price and sold for 70,000.

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A rare, first-edition version of a Harry Potter book was salvaged from a bargain bin and sold for $70,000. It was in near pristine condition, according to People’s news site.

According to Hanson Auctioneers, a lady sold the copy. Upon first obtaining her first edition novel, the woman kept it and stored it away, intending to give it to her children. She believed she could start a tradition by passing the book down through her family’s future generations.

She had had it tucked away in a corner of her bookshelf for over 20 years. The woman said she kept it in a dark corner to preserve its well-kept condition.

However thrilling the novel was when first written, it holds even more value in current times. The Harry Potter novels’ worth has skyrocketed. Recent research would even show that the book series’ worth has risen higher than seen before.

The history of the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ novel

The particular book sold was Philosopher’s Stone, written by JK Rowling. Most people know this book by its incredibly creative storyline, Harry Potter as the protagonist, and his two best friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

The Philosopher’s Stone was a massive value to the Harry Potter story-line, as in the movie, the three best friends, Hermione, Ron Weasley, and Harry Potter, grew closer than before. However, it was even more valuable to its viewers. Fans of Harry Potter continue to indulge in the fanfare of Harry Potter merchandise.

With cosplay, markets of fan merchandise at conventions, and merchandise in stores, it is understandable why Harry Potter has raised so much revenue. According to Business Insider, since Harry Potter’s first release, it has produced around $15 billion in revenue.

Furthermore, it is comprehensible how valuable The Philosopher’s Stone could be to fans, especially with the copy being a first edition. To simply anyone, the value of Harry Potter may not be as much. However, to someone who has indulged in debate over the many beautifully crafted Harry Potter productions and its illustrious merchandise, the book may be life or death.

Other valuable Harry Potter novels

The Harry Potter series and how many books are in it.
The Harry Potter book series in order. Image: Windsor, England/Shutterstock

Other first-edition Harry Potter books also have quite a high value. For example, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has an extremely high value if signed and with aligned text.

First editions could sell for up to $12,000. Compared to Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone’s $70,000, it may not seem like much, but $12,000, for some, is a life-changing amount.

Another first edition of high value is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, part two. A first edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part Two can be sold for up to 5000.

This is a copy of the first edition, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone novel.
The novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was sold for 70,000. Image: TTL Deez/Shutterstock

The Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter, novel is of near perfect condition. Image: Shah Alam, Malaysia/Shutterstock

However thrilling the novel was when first written, it holds even more value in current times. The Harry Potter novels’ worth has skyrocketed. Recent research would even show that the book series’ worth has risen higher than seen before.

The Harry Potter series’ value continues to soar as many different activities add to the promotion of its content. One event that was Harry Potter based in London was a tour of the Warner Bros. studio.

According to Wizarding World, there is a themed light show in Sydney, Australia, from the thirteenth to the twenty-sixth of December.

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