A rare first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has fetched a record £19,700 (AUS$44,500) at auction at Christie’s in London, beating it’s top price estimate by almost £8k.

The book is one of only 500 printed in the inital run of the book and has reportedly only been read once. Originally bought by a father who read a review and thought that it sounded like the sort of book his son would like, it has sat pristinely on the family bookshelf for the past 10 years. Most copies of the first edition, published by Bloomsbury in 1997, were distributed to libraries and are now tattered and torn and to find one in virtually ‘as-new’ condition is almost unheard of.

Read this and more Pottery-print facts at The Guardian UK.

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