J.K. Rowling’s Annotated First Edition Harry Potter Book Sold For $228,000


A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that contains annotations and illustrations made by author J.K. Rowling herself fetched 150,000 pounds ($228,000) at a London auction today.

According to the Associated Press, Sotheby’s said the work, offered as part of a charity book sale jointly organized with the English PEN writers’ association, was sold to an anonymous bidder by telephone.

The book contains many personal annotations, including editorial decisions, comments on the process of writing and a note on how she came to create the game of Quidditch, all of which many fans would love to get their hands on. (Come on Jo give us an encyclopedia!) She also drew about two dozen illustrations in the copy, including a sleeping baby Harry on a door step and an Albus Dumbledore Chocolate Frog card.

As part of the fundraising event, 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.

A copy of Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s book “Matilda” containing new drawings by illustrator Quentin Blake fetched 30,000 pounds ($45,500), while an annotated copy of Kazuo Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel “The Remains of the Day” was sold for 18,000 pounds ($27,300).

Other participating authors in the charity sale included Ian McEwan, Seamus Heaney, Lionel Shriver and Yann Martel.

The final, 51st lot being offered is a fountain pen from Stephen Fry that has been engraved with a quotation by the British actor, writer and broadcaster. Graham Short, known for creating miniature engravings that can only be seen through a microscope, has marked the pen with the phrase: “Waggled in the right way, this inkly little stick can change the world.”

In all, the sale raised a total of 439,200 pounds ($666,310).

To get a look at some of the pages in this special Potter book, navigate over to this page!


About Josephine Hardy

A 26-year-old writer from Melbourne, Australia currently living with her husband in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Content Marketing Producer at Simply Measured, hobby genealogist, cat lover, and world traveler.

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