Harry Potter first edition fetches £150k

The book had drawings and annotations by JK Rowling. Picture: Jane Barlow

The book had drawings and annotations by JK Rowling. Picture: Jane Barlow

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A RARE first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with annotations and drawings by author JK Rowling, has sold for a record price.

After a bidding war between two buyers the book sold for £150,000, a new record for a printed book by Rowling.

It was part of a sale of 
annotated first-edition books by 50 UK and Commonwealth writers.

The sale raised a total of £439,200 for English PEN, which campaigns for freedom of expression.

“The sale room fell silent as two determined bidders vied for the prized edition,” said a spokesperson for Sotheby’s in London.

“Bidding leapt in increments of up to £25,000 and the hammer finally fell, to a round of applause, on a £150,000 telephone bid.”

A sleeping baby Harry on the Dursleys’ doorstep is one of 22 original illustrations by JK Rowling