Christie’s offers a rare first edition of the book “Harry Potter” in private sale

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – A first edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, with some errors and signed by author JK Rowling, is up for private sale at Christie’s in London, the auction house for auctions inviting bids from 200,000 pounds ($250,000).

The publication is one of 500 hardcover copies of the book that were printed in a first print run in 1997. Three hundred of them were sent to libraries.

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

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

“On the back cover, for example, philosophers, which of course is a key word… is misspelled ‘philosphers’, that ‘o’ that second ‘o’ is missing. Also on page 53, in the list of items that students are asked to take with them to Hogwarts, “a wand” is repeated twice.”

While Rowling was 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 massive 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.

($1 = 0.7950 pounds)

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Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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