A rare Harry Potter book featuring misspellings, personalised messages and duplications has sold for nearly £70,000 at auction.
The unique copy of was one of only 500 first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to bear the original impression that called J. K. Rowling by her first name, Joanne.
On the back of the 1997 original, the title is misspelled ‘Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone’.
The book sold for £68,800 on Wednesday at Bonhams Auction House in Knightsbridge, west London – more than the estimated £40,000 to £60,000 it has been estimated to sell for.
The battle to bag the super rare book was left between two buyers who placed bids online and on the phone.
It contains several other quirks, including an incorrect number sequence on the imprint page and a duplication of ‘1 wand’ on Harry’s school equipment list.
J. K. Rowling’s hand-inked signature is also attached on a sticker which the award-winning author included when the copy was passed onto two charities in 2003.
In 2017 another first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold for a record-breaking £106,000 – £60,000 more than expected.
The book included a rare inscription addressed to J. K. Rowling’s friend and her family which was dated one month after the book was published in June 1997.
It read: “For Meera, Donnie, Nastassia and Kai, with lots of love from Jo.”