Signed Beedle the Bard sells for $6,000
You might have thought J.K. Rowling was rather old hat these days. A little bit forgotten even. It’s Dan Brown everywhere you look at the moment and then wham! AbeBooks goes and sells a $6,000 copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. It was a first edition of the leather collector’s edition – one of only 100 numbered copies that were signed by J.K. Rowling.
Apparently, these copies were distributed randomly to buyers who bought the collector’s edition from Amazon.co.uk. Somebody got something very special in the mail considering any book signed by J.K Rowling has instant value on the rare book market. For instance, in December 2007, the AbeBooks charity auction sold a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for $3,950.
The collector’s edition of Beedle the Bard is leather-bound and jeweled with an embroidered velvet bag, and an envelope containing 10 prints by Rowling herself. Everything is housed in a faux book clamshell case.