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Rowling-Signed Harry Potter Book Raises Record $228000

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A first-edition copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” with handwritten notes by author J.K. Rowling sold for 150,000 pounds ($228,000) at a charity auction in London last night.

The Sotheby’s (BID) copy, sold to an anonymous phone bidder, also contained illustrations by Rowling. The event was organized with the English PEN writers’ association, which campaigns for freedom of expression.

Sotheby’s said the sale room fell silent on Tuesday as buyers engaged in a bidding war for the book. The new owner, who bid by telephone, was not identified.

There was a round of applause for the price, which was a record for a printed book by Rowling. A total of 50 authors including Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan and Seamus Heaney contributed books to the “First Editions, Second Thoughts” event, which raised a total of 439,200 pounds.

The Harry Potter book was one of 51 first editions in the auction. Others included a copy of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” with new illustrations by Quentin Blake. The money raised went to charity.

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