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The real Harry Potter sells a first edition for £27,500.

A rare first edition of a Harry Potter novel has been sold by a namesake of the teenage wizard.

Harry Potter, 33, a sales manager from Waterlooville in Hampshire, received a copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in 1997. The hardback copy was bought by his "flabbergasted" father when he realised JK Rowling's character's name matched that of his son. It sold at auction to a private buyer for £27,500.

Mr Potter was eight when the first in the series of JK Rowling's blockbuster novels came out. He said he has spent the time since having to convince people Harry Potter really is his name.

"People just don't believe me, when I was a young footballer, a referee threatened me with a red card for saying my name was Harry Potter. When I met my wife, Philippa on holiday in Greece, she didn't believe me either."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-58912478
 

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The real Harry Potter sells a first edition for £27,500.

A rare first edition of a Harry Potter novel has been sold by a namesake of the teenage wizard.

Harry Potter, 33, a sales manager from Waterlooville in Hampshire, received a copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in 1997. The hardback copy was bought by his "flabbergasted" father when he realised JK Rowling's character's name matched that of his son. It sold at auction to a private buyer for £27,500.

Mr Potter was eight when the first in the series of JK Rowling's blockbuster novels came out. He said he has spent the time since having to convince people Harry Potter really is his name.

"People just don't believe me, when I was a young footballer, a referee threatened me with a red card for saying my name was Harry Potter. When I met my wife, Philippa on holiday in Greece, she didn't believe me either."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-58912478

I honestly thought it would go for a lot more, given how big the phenomenon is and and how small the first printing was.
 

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I honestly thought it would go for a lot more, given how big the phenomenon is and and how small the first printing was.
Yes only 500 in the first print run, of which 300 were sent to libraries, I think the most a 1st made at auction was £40,000, I'm guessing that it is all based on the condition of the book. It it still a hell of a lot for a book printed less than 25 years ago, there are older, more socially important and rarer books around which have sold for a lot less.

"The Grapes of Wrath was first published in 1939, by The Viking Press. Commonly found flaws in the first edition of this work include age tanning, rolling of the spine, and chips to the edges of the pages and boards. Signed copies of a First Edition in excellent condition can fetch over $20,000."

https://biblio.co.uk/the-grapes-of-wrath-by-steinbeck-john/work/4224#:~:text=The book was first published,condition can fetch over $20,000.
 

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Yes only 500 in the first print run, of which 300 were sent to libraries, I think the most a 1st made at auction was £40,000, I'm guessing that it is all based on the condition of the book. It it still a hell of a lot for a book printed less that 25 years ago, there are older, more socially important and rarer books around which have sold for a lot less.

"The Grapes of Wrath was first published in 1939, by The Viking Press. Commonly found flaws in the first edition of this work include age tanning, rolling of the spine, and chips to the edges of the pages and boards. Signed copies of a First Edition in excellent condition can fetch over $20,000."

https://biblio.co.uk/the-grapes-of-wrath-by-steinbeck-john/work/4224#:~:text=The book was first published,condition can fetch over $20,000.

Again, it's just the size of the phenomenon, I appreciate it lacks the social and historical weight of many other books. I though the first edition was 1.500 and had no idea how many went to libraries, so it's even rarer than I imagined.
 

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Again, it's just the size of the phenomenon, I appreciate it lacks the social and historical weight of many other books. I though the first edition was 1.500 and had no idea how many went to libraries, so it's even rarer than I imagined.
"Hardcover first-edition first printings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone have become the "Holy Grail" for Potter collectors. Only 500 were published, 300 of which were issued to libraries."

https://www.mugglenet.com/harry-potter/harry-potter-series/rare-books/
 

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