Unique signed Harry Potter book to sell at Sotheby's
A unique signed copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will be sold at Sotheby's in London next month.
The deluxe illustrated edition of the book features inscriptions by author J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, and will be sold to raise funds for Rowling's Lumos charity.
This advance copy of the deluxe edition was the first ever printed, and was hand-bound in Italy prior to the book's official release in November 2015.
It features Rowling's inscription (“The Book that changed my life. │J.K. Rowling”) along with that of the book's illustrator Jim Kay ("Mine too! Thank you Jo. | Jim Kay"), along with Kay's illustration of a baby dragon.
Offered with a letter of provenance from the Publishing Director of Bloomsbury Children's Books, the unique volume is expected to sell for £2,000-£3,000.
Sotheby's has established a strong relationship with Rowling over the years, selling several items to raise funds for her charitable organization. These include a copy of her handwritten book The Tales Beedle the Bard which sold for a staggering £1,950,000 in 2007, and a bespoke Lumos Maxima bracelet featuring silver charms from the Harry Potter world, which sold in 2013 for £20,000.
Established by Rowling in 2004, Lumos is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping vulnerable children around the world. Through their work across Europe and now in Latin America, Lumos works with governments to improve their services, with the goal of ending the institutionalization of children globally by 2050.
The book will be offered for sale at Sotheby's in London on Thursday December 17.
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