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Rare Harry Potter proof up for grabs at Aylsham auction

11:59 28 November 2012

Sarah Prior, manager of the book department at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers, with a rare uncorrected proof copy of JK Rowling

Sarah Prior, manager of the book department at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers, with a rare uncorrected proof copy of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2012

A rare uncorrected publisher’s proof copy of the first Harry Potter book is among 1,661 lots going under the hammer at Aylsham-based Keys Fine Art Auctioneers.

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A first edition of the second Harry Potter book signed by JK Rowling, and 11 first editions of James Bond books are also up for grabs at the two-day book sale.

The uncorrected 1997 proof of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is one of 200 produced, and is of particular interest because the title page names the author as JA Rowling and the copyright page as Joanne Rowling, rather than the more familiar JK Rowling, which appeared on the published version of all of the Harry Potter books. The book is expected to fetch between £1,200 and £1,500 when it is auctioned.

The first edition hardback copy of Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (1998) is signed and inscribed by the author. The book appears to be unread, and is expected to sell for between £400 and £500.

Keys books manager Sarah Prior said: “Harry Potter remains one of the publishing sensations of the past 20 years, and already first editions are fetching good prices at auction.”

The sale is on November 29 and 30.

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