An auction held in aid of a writer’s charity realised £150,000 for a first edition of a J.K. Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The auction, held for the charity English PEN, was held at Sotheby’s in London recently. Other well-known authors also had books included in the auction, raising £439,200 in total.
The book was published in 1997 and featured 22 illustrations which were done by Rowling herself. Also found in the book was a commentary written by the author. Two bidders fought for the famous book, with the price being raised by £25,000 for each new bid. The hammer was finally lowered on a bid of £150,000 to a telephone bidder. Although the market isn’t usually gauged by charity auctions, the book was thought to be a new record at auction. English PEN is a charity which fights to remove barriers to literature and campaigns for free expression. Roald Dahl’s Matilda was the book which reached the second highest value at £30,000. The book contained illustrations created by Quentin Blake. A number of authors attended the charity auction, including Frederick Forsyth, Helen Fielding and Margaret Drabble.
Antiques and collectibles can usually be purchased for much lower prices in an antiques store, rather than at auctions. Rare and collectible books are best displayed on antique bookcases, which can be found at antique stores around the UK. Preston and the surrounding areas have reputable dealers that can show you a selection of rare items and collector’s pieces.
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