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First Edition "Harry Potter" Sells for A Quarter of a Mill at Fundraiser

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone sold for nearly $250,000 at a London fundraiser benefiting English PEN. - peoplewhowrite

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How much would you pay for a first edition copy of Harry Potter marked up with author J.K. Rowling’s personal notes and sketches? On Tuesday, someone dropped $228,000 on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at a charity auction in London to benefit the English PEN writers association.

Time Magazine reports, “Rowling and dozens of other best-selling authors were asked to ‘scribble second thoughts, marginalia or drawings’ on a first-edition copy of one of their books” to help generate funds. After selling Roald Dahl’s Matilda for about $45,500, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day for $27,300, and other titles, the organization raised a whopping $666,310.

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