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Would You Pay $50,000 for The Holy Grail of Harry Potter Books

Before J.K. Rowling became uber-famous for publishing the Harry Potter series, her first edition book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in 1997, had only 500 copies. So, no wonder why this exceptionally rare UK hardcover first edition can fetch up to $55,000 depending on their condition! Of those 500 copies, 300 were distributed to libraries and few of those are considered collectible which has helped increase prices for the remaining 200.

First edition of Harry Potter books are now selling for $50,000

A true first edition can be identified using a printing number, which can be found at the very beginning of the book. Bloomsbury Publishing use a reverse number system to identify when a book was printed. If the number ends with one ( for example 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1) and the crediting of “Joanne Rowling,” not JK on the title page, you may have a first edition and can be better for $40,000 to $55,000.

First edition of Harry Potter books are now selling for $50,000

A handful of advance proof copies are available at AbeBooks ranging from $7,500 to $13,500. Prices for Australian first editions vary between $200 and $2000. The first editions of the deluxe edition from 1999 are also desirable with prices from $450 to $2,500. Paperback first editions of the Philosopher’s Stone are also quite scare and attract four-figure price-tags – sometimes five figures if in excellent condition.

First edition of Harry Potter books are now selling for $50,000

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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