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Annotated Philosopher’s Stone sells at auction for £150,000

First Edition of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneThe English charity PEN held an auction yesterday where they acquired a large number of first editions from various authors and then had the authors sign, annotate, and in some cases illustrate these editions.  The auction, which was entitled “First Editions, Second Thoughts” raised £439,000 for the charity whose goal is to fight censorship and advocate for freedom of expression.

In total there were fifty writers who contributed to the auction some highlights included a Quentin Blake illustrated first edition of Matilda which went for £30,000, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day sold for £18,000 and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel hit £16,000.

Rowling’s contribution was the jewel of the show.  Her annotations talked about the film adaptations as well as little tidbits like how Quidditch came to be and she also included 22 original illustrations; including Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback dragon.

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