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A record price for a Harry Potter

Well done to English PEN for a successful charity book auction of annotated first editions last night. The sale raised £439,200 for English PEN’s campaigns for freedom of expression, reports the BBC.

A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with annotations and drawings by author JK Rowling, has sold for a record price. After a bidding war between two buyers the book sold for £150,000, a new record for a printed book by Rowling.

It was great to see that the second-highest price (£30,000) was for a copy of Matilda by Roald Dahl, with new illustrations by Quentin Blake. Definitely a night for children’s literature.

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