Rare Harry Potter book fetches $19,000 at auction

18:30, 10 March 2009
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It`s the first book...

A first-edition Harry Potter book was sold for about $19,000, according to an auction house in Dallas, Texas, according to CNN.

 The soft-cover book was one of 200 copies printed and is a rarity compared with later editions of the popular series that were printed in the millions, the Heritage Auction Galleries said.

The book, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone," includes an autograph from author J.K. Rowling.

It`s the first book in the Harry Potter series and was published in the United States under the title "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer`s Stone."

The auction had estimated that the 223-page book would sell for as much as $12,000.

The winning bid of $19,120 bypassed expectations, but it was not the most expensive sale of Harry Potter-related items in an auction.

Last year, an 800-word prequel to the blockbuster Harry Potter novel series fetched nearly $50,000 for a writer`s group and dyslexia charity.

That prequel was handwritten and signed by Rowling.

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