Is YOUR copy of Harry Potter worth 75,000? Printer's error that shows whether book is ultra-rare first edition is revealed as copy of Philosopher's Stone sells for magical sum
A rare Harry Potter first edition has sold for 75,000 at auction - more than double the asking price.
The book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was being sold by an English ex-pat who originally bought it to help his children learn English growing up in Luxembourg.
这本名为“哈利波特与魔法石”(Harry Potter and the Philosopher‘s Stone)的书是由一位英国前任出售的，他最初买这本书是为了帮助他的孩子们在卢森堡长大，学习英语。
It had been sat on a bookshelf for 21 years when the owner decided to check and see if it was a rare copy.
The book was subject to a furious bidding war at Hansons Auctioneers and was finally sold to a private international buyer for a hammer price of 60,000, rising to 75,000 with the buyer's premium.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson declared during the sale: 'This is the magic of Harry Potter.'
He described the book as a 'Potter golden ticket' and one of the most desirable first editions.
'Wow, amazing result,' he exclaimed at the final price.
Original estimates set the price at 20,000 to 30,000, but it was in such good condition it was expected to sell for more.
Some 500 first edition copies of the book were printed, 300 of which were sent to schools and libraries.
This book is one of the remaining 200, and the fourth to be found by Hansons Auctioneers' book expert Jim Spencer in a year.
There are various ways to identify a Philosopher's Stone first issue, published by Bloomsbury in 1997.
There is a well-known duplication of '1 wand' in a list of items Harry Potter must take to Hogwarts on page 53.
There are a couple of misspellings in the book, including'Philospher's' on the rear cover.
But most importantly, the issue number on the copyright page must read '10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1'.
但最重要的是，版权页上的发行号必须是“10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”。
The book, which would pave the way for JK Rowling's Harry Potter to become a global success, arrived at the auction house wrapped in a tea towel.
Describing the lot's condition, the auction house said: 'Contents very good, clean, bright; usual very faint toning to page edges; tiny dent/nick to extreme edge of a few pages; one tiny mark on outer page edges.'
The vendor, who asked to remain anonymous, said: 'I was a big fan of the Potter books when I first read them.
'There are a lot of ethical and human behaviour discussion points in the books and I had a lot of respect for JKR for producing such a polished and nuanced body of work.
'I sent it to Hansons in a tea towel as a little nod to the Hogwarts house-elves, especially Winky and Dobby.'
The money from the sale will be used by the vendor to pay off his daughter's student loan and help her apply for a mortgage.