Rare Harry Potter book sells for $469,000 at auction
One of only seven copies of a handwritten and illustrated book by British author J.K. Rowling titled The Tales of Beedle the Bard is on show at Sotheby's auction house in London on December 9, 2016. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The rarest of Harry Potter books has sold at auction for a whopping $469,000.
The one-off copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, handwritten by J.K. Rowling, was previously owned by Barry Cunningham, the publisher who first signed the author, who was a struggling single mum when she conjured up the wizarding world of Potter and his pals.
It was one of six copies the author gave to people who helped her achieve her literary dreams.
Cunningham sold the book through Sotheby’s in London with Rowling’s blessing, revealing he will donate some of the proceeds from the auction to the writer’s charity, Lumos.
The rare book features illustrations drawn by Rowling and an inscription which reads: “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell... THANK YOU.”
The Tales of Beedle the Bard was originally released in 2007.