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Near Perfect First Edition Harry Potter Sells For Record Price

A Harry Potter book that was kept in darkness, unread, opened, and in a protective sleeve to preserve the quality is now in near-perfect, brand new condition and is tipped to sell for a record price at auction.

The hardback copy was only of only 500 in the first Potter book print run from 1997.

Auctioneers state that once the final bidding is complete, the book could reach at least £100,000.

The auctioneers compare the copy to a recent auction of a similar copy of the book which was also in near-mint condition. That book fetched $US471,000 (£358,000) from a 70,000 dollars estimate at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, in the US, in December 2021.

The owners, a 68-year-old retired paper merchant director from West Sussex, kept the book on a coin toss and originally cost £12.99.

He stated that “A year after I bought it, with Harry Potter excitement growing at my daughter’s school, she asked if she could read it.” to which he responded, “Absolutely not.” he said.