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19 June 2017, 15:02
Some of you lucky muggles might just have a jackpot sat on your bookshelf.
There is probably not many bookshelfs left in the world that don't have at least one copy of a Harry Potter book among the classics. But, for a handful of people, those books are more than just a collection of enjoyable wizard-based romps - they are a legit investment.
Yep, if you own an early edition of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone, you could be sitting on a gold mine with AbeBooks reporting that it could be worth up to $40,000. Now that's a lot of butterbeer right there!
So, what makes these books so special? Here's what you need to look out for:
"‘Hardcover first edition first printings of this 1997 book have become the 'Holy Grail' for Potter collectors…Only 500 were published and 300 went to libraries. The main characteristics of a 1997 first edition first issue are a print line that reads 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and the crediting of "Joanne Rowling" not JK. Prices on AbeBooks vary from $40,000 to $55,000. A handful of advance proof copies are available from $7,500 to $13,500."
Even first edition paperbacks in good condition can go for several thousand dollars, even more if they are signed by JK herself.
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