A rare first-edition hard copy of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” sold for £28,500 ($34,865) to a private collector at a U.K. auction in Staffordshire. It’s one of just 500 copies in the first print run.
The sale took place July 31, which also happens to be Rowling’s — and Harry Potter’s — birthday.
“Three phone bidders battled it out,” Hansons Auctioneers, the auction house that conducted the sale, tweeted this morning.
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