Know anyone who's hoarding Harry Potter books? He or she maybe sitting on a pile of cash.
According to The Independent 500 hardback copies of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.) from 1997 contain a rare error. Amazingly--perhaps because Harry fans are so rabid--those unique books can now fetch as much as $26,000 in auction.
@fdr_girl this is the version I found it in! It was printed in 2000. pic.twitter.com/49aZKmZ700— highlighter head (@danasclly) September 1, 2014
@fdr_girl this is the version I found it in! It was printed in 2000. pic.twitter.com/49aZKmZ700
The typo--which was corrected in all later editions of the book--is on page 53 in the list of school supplies Harry needs for Hogwarts: The item "1 wand" is listed twice by mistake.
Also of note: It turns out that "first impression" hardback books--those that were part of first-ever print run of the book--are most valuable. How do you know if yours is from that batch? A first impression copy has the number sequence "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on the back of the title page. (Second impression copies also have some value.)
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Book-lovers and Harry Potter fans--spread the word!
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