Another piece of Potter wizadry at play in Sotheby’s auction hall in London at the end of last week. The charity copy of JK Rowling’s (very) limited edition hand written and illustrated The Tales of Beedle the Bard was expected to fetch up to AUS$120k but out-magic-ed this seemingly-paltry amount when it reached a staggering AUS$4.54million!

The auction was record-breaking in many ways: it was the highest ever price achieved at auction for a modern literary manuscript, an auction record for a work by JK Rowling, and an auction record for a children’s book.

For a frenzied 10 minutes there were 4 or 5 bidders in the room plus the same number via phone until the cashed-up benefactor from London dealer Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox finally won through.

The proceeds of the sale are going to Rowling’s charity, The Children’s Voice.

Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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