The first edition of the Harry Potter book will be offered for private sale at Christie’s in London

A first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” with some errors and signed by author JK Rowling, is up for private sale at Christie’s in London, with the auction house inviting bids starting at $250,000.

The publication is one of 500 hardcover copies of the book that were printed in an initial print run in 1997. Three hundred of these were sent to libraries.

The one being sold by Christie’s, as part of its upcoming “The Art of Literature: Lending and Selling” exhibition, is among 200 others.

“There were some things that seemed to go wrong in the production of the book,” Mark Wiltshire, a print book specialist and co-curator of the “Art of Literature” exhibition, told Reuters.

“On the back cover, for example, philosophers, which of course is a key word… ‘philosophers’ is misspelled, that ‘o’ is missing, that second ‘o’. Also on page 53, in the list of items students are asked to take to Hogwarts with them, ‘a wand’ is repeated twice.”

Mark Wiltshire, a print book specialist, said there were a few things that seemed to go wrong with the production of the book.
Mark Wiltshire, a print book specialist, said there were a few things that seemed to go wrong with the production of the book.
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Although Rowling was unknown at the time, the book about the magical world of witches and wizards became a huge hit around the world, spawning an entire series and a major film franchise.

“In many ways this book is the physical manifestation of a magical memory for so many people and that’s what makes it so desirable,” Wiltshire said.

Christie’s “Art of Literature” event is open to the public June 7-15.

The publication is one of 500 hardcover copies of the book that were printed in an initial print run in 1997.
The publication is one of 500 hardcover copies of the book that were printed in an initial print run in 1997.
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