Amazon Buy Handwritten Rowling Book For £2 million

December 18, 2007

The Tales of Beedle the BardA special book written by Scottish author JK Rowling, fetched a remarkable £1.95 million for charity at a recent auction in London. The personally handwritten and illustrated book titled, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, had been expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000, but eventually went for 65 times the original asking price.

Sotheby’s was the scene of the bidding war, as Rowling’s first work since the final Harry Potter volume in July went under the hammer. Only seven copies of the book exist; six given to friends connected with the Potter series, and one which was the subject of the mega-bids.

Rowling’s charity, The Children’s Voice, benefited from the sale. The charity campaigns for the rights, and helps to support orphaned children around the world.

Although nobody knew who had won the book at first, it has since been revealed that Amazon are now the proud owners. A statement from the company said they had bid for the book “to say thank you” to the author, and that they are now inviting people to visit their web site to “read editorial reviews of the five fairy tales, and to join the online discussion of these, and other Harry Potter stories.”

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is a real-life replica of the book that played a central role in the final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. In the final instalment, it contains five wizard fairy tales which Hermione Granger had been left by Hogwarts Head Teacher, Albus Dumbledore. They provided the clues to help Harry and his friends defeat the evil Lord Voldemort.

Each copy of the book is bound in brown Moroccan leather and mounted with semi-precious stones, with the copy sold at auction also mounted with hand-chased silver ornaments and seven moonstones. Inside the front cover, a dedication reads: “So to whoever now owns this book, thank you – and fair fortune be yours!”

Shortly before the auction, Rowling said: “The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years.”

“It’s been quite therapeutic in a way. A nice way to say goodbye.”

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~ Colin Galbraith ~


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