‘Harry Potter’ book sets auction record

AFP-JIJI

A 1997 first edition of “Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone” annotated by J.K. Rowling sold for £150,000 ($227,000) at a London auction Tuesday, a new record for a printed book by the writer.

Two bidders battled it out for the work before the hammer finally came down, triggering a round of applause at the Sotheby’s auction house.

The book contains commentary and 22 of Rowling’s own original illustrations.

The lot formed part of a sale of books annotated by 50 British and Commonwealth contemporary writers, raising a combined total of £439,200.