The Guardian: Harry Potter First Edition Featuring JK Rowling Drawings Sells for £150,000
“A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with author JK Rowling's notes and original illustrations, was sold for £150,000 at auction in London. The book, which was auctioned by Sotheby's at a charity sale in aid of the English Pen writers' association, was purchased by an anonymous bidder by telephone. The annotations by Rowling include comments on the process of writing and a section from an early draft of the novel, along with a number of illustrations drawn by her and a note on how she came to invent Quidditch, a sport played by characters in the books.”
J.K. Rowling was one the authors who, on Rick Gekoski’s invitation, revisited and annotated the first edition of one of their books. On 21st May fifty first editions, annotated by their authors were auctioned at Sotheby’s in London in aid of the English PEN. The charity auction of works by Julian Barnes, Seamus Heaney, Tom Stoppard, Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Nick Hornby, Helen Fielding, Nadine Gordimer, and many other well-known authors and winners of literary awards brought a total of £ 439,200. A huge success!
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