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