Tattered copy of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone sells for £50,000

An old copy of J.K Rowling’s first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has sold for £50,000.

Despite the battered condition of the book, described as “tatty Harry”, the novel was snapped up at auction because it is believed to be among the first print-run of 500 copies.

These versions of the books contain typos which identify them as some of the first on the market.

Have you got an old copy of the novel? Let us know in the comments…


Charles Hanson, from Hanson's Auctioneers, confirmed that the novel sold at the mind-blowing price despite having a worn spine and being tattered.

Shockingly, a perfect condition version of the special copy sold for just £18,000 more than the dog-eared one.

Charles shared a photo of the pre-loved book on Twitter, and said: “Last Friday in our auction a tatty Harry sold for £50,000 whilst a polished Potter sold for £68,000!

“Never dismiss your 1990s collectables.

“In this case cost price back then £10-99… If only we could predict the collectable of tomorrow!”

The first run was printed in 1997 and contained several errors which were later corrected.

To check if your copy is worth the eye-watering price, check the back for typos.

In the blurb, the philosopher is spelt ‘philospher’, while if you turn to page 53, Harry Potter ’s equipment list has a mistake – it mentions ‘1 wand’ twice.

Another rarity shows the author’s name as “Joanne Rowling” rather than J.K Rowling.

So, run to your bookshelves and get checking!

As, who knows, you could snag 50 grand in the New Year!

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