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Another Harry Potter creates magic at auction!

Rare editions of Harry Potter have been commanding serious prices at auction. None more so than in our Selections & Collections auction in July when an uncorrected proof copy of 'Chamber of Secrets', realised an auction record of £11,000.

The rare book by J K Rowling was in paperback format and came with original blue & white printed wrappers, with the proof design for a dust-jacket bearing alternative footer quote. The previous record for this edition was £7,500 in 2021 showing a considerable rise in the value over the last year or so.

The book generated worldwide interest with bids from Argentina, France, USA and the UK but on the day a retracted bidding battle was fought out by two online bidders in the UK, after an American bidder started the proceeding at £7000.

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Sold £11000

This latest edition comes hot off the heels of another paperback Harry Potter edition we sold in 2021, which realised £3800. The first edition of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', contained the errors which make such volumes rare and valuable; 1 wand' appears twice on p.53, 'Philosopher's' is misspelled 'Philospher's' to rear cover and with 'Wizardry and Witchcraft' to rear cover, rather than 'Witchcraft and Wizardry'!

Sold £3800

If you are wondering if your edition of Harry Potter is rare or for any other rare books please contact our appraisal team on 02920 708 125 or email images to

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