J.K. Rowling collectibles
J.K. Rowling (born Joanne Rowling, July 31st, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol, England) is a British author most famous for writing the Harry Potter series of books beginning with 1997’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
In 2001 she was appointed OBE (Officer of the British Empire), in the same year that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was adapted into a motion picture starring actor Daniel Radcliffe in the title role.
The National Magazine Company voted Rowling 'the most influential woman in the UK’ in Autumn, 2010.
Value on the collectors’ markets
The autograph industry’s PFC40 Autograph Index lists Rowling’s signature as having risen in value by 203.8% over 10 years.
A signed Rowling book was worth £395 (on average) in 2000 and £1,200 (on average) in 2010, according to the index.
According to Forbes magazine, Rowling is now the second-richest woman in entertainment, behind Oprah Winfrey and ahead of Madonna.
Rowling's Harry Potter sequel, the Goblet of Fire, broke all publishing records with first day sales of 372,775 copies. To date, the Harry Potter novels have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide.
Rowling's fortune was estimated at around £560m ($798m) in the 2008 Sunday Times rich list. Today, her fortune is estimated at closer to $1bn reports Forbes.
A rare edition of the first Harry Potter book sold for £13,500 at Wiltshire auction, Dominic Winter Book Auctions in February, 2003. The book, a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was one of only 300 printed. The book was purchased by Hawthorns, a Bristol book dealer.
The dining room chair sat upon by Rowling while writing the first two Harry Potter books in her Edinburgh council flat – decorated with the words "I wrote Harry Potter here" – was sold for £19,555 in July 2009.
Rowling originally donated it to a charity auction, called Chair-ish a Child, which was held in aid of the NSPCC in 2002 when it was sold for £15,000. However, its previous owner had put up the chair for auction on eBay, with 20% of the proceeds going to the charity Books Abroad, which sends free schoolbooks to impoverished countries.
‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’
Main article: The Tales of Beedle The Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book of children's stories handwritten by J.K. Rowling. The book is referenced in the Harry Potter novels when Hermione receives ‘an original edition’ in Dumbledore’s will.
One of seven known handmade copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard handwritten and illustrated by JK Rowling went to auction in December 2007, expected to sell for £50,000. It realised £1.95m at Sotheby's.