London: A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has sold for £43,750 at auction – all because of a spelling mistake.
The first in the series of JK Rowling’s tales about the boy wizard was estimated to bring in between £15,000 and £20,000 when it went under the hammer at Bonhams in Knightsbridge.
However, a businessman from the capital stumped up more than double the asking price.
A missing ‘o’ from the word “Philosopher’s” on the back cover of the book added to its value.
The page reads: “Acclaim for Harry Potter And The Philospher’s Stone”.
Another defining factor in that particular copy’s value was the numbering of 10 down to 1 on the back of the title page, otherwise known as the verso.
Simon Roberts, Bonhams Books and Manuscripts senior specialist, said: “This was an exceptional price for a much-loved modern classic.
“The book was in excellent condition which added to its appeal for collectors and I am not surprised that it attracted so much interest and such intense bidding.”