Battered copy of Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone sells for £50k despite its poor condition – do you have a copy?

A BATTERED copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold for a whopping £50,000 – despite its terrible condition. 

The book, described as a ‘tatty Harry’, was snapped up at auction as it’s believed to be among the first print-run of 500 copies – which contain typos.

Charles Hanson, from Hansons Auctioneers, confirmed the well-thumbed book still fetched the eye-watering price, despite being dog-eared with a worn spine. 

In comparison, a copy in nearly mint condition only sold for a few thousand higher than the tattered book. 

Charles shared a snap of the pre-loved novel on Twitter, saying: “Last Friday in our auction a tatty Harry sold for £50,000 whilst a polished Potter sold for £68,000!  

“Never dismiss your 1990s collectables. 

“In this case cost price back then £10-99. … If only we could predict the collectable of tomorrow !”

It’s thought the book was among the first printed in 1997, and contained a few errors. 

If you’re wondering whether your battered old books might be worth a pretty penny, check the back for typos. 


The spelling of the word philosopher is spelt ‘philospher’, while if you flick to page 53, Harry Potter’s equipment list also has a mistake, as it mentions ‘1 wand’ twice. 

Other rarities to look out for is the author’s name written as ‘Joanne Rowling’, rather than the J. K Rowling we’re all familiar with. 

If you’re about to head to your bookcase, we previously revealed the seven books which could be worth more than £100,000 – so keep your eyes peeled for these copies too.

And Primark is selling a magical Harry Potter advent calendar for Christmas and fans are already obsessed.

Meanwhile Jacqueline Jossa launches magical Harry Potter clothing line for InTheStyle & there are jumpers for each Hogwarts house.

Previously, Jacqueline Jossa blew fans away with her ‘unreal’ singing voice as she makes her West End debut in A Christmas Carol.

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