A rare first edition of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" took a massive price at charity auction in aid of the English Pen writers' association in London on May 21. Featuring J.K. Rowling's handwritten notes as well as original illustrations, the 1997 book was sold to an anonymous bidder, who bid for it over the telephone, for $228,000.
The "Harry Potter" book appeared along with books from other notable names at the auction hosted by Sotheby's. Among them were a copy of "Life of Pi", which got $3,900 and has author Yann Martel's notes on why the chapters were switched from the original Canadian edition, and a first edition of Margaret Atwood's "The Blind Assassin", which fetched $5,460.
"This is a triumphant conclusion to a wonderful project, which has involved the hard work and good will of so many people," said Rick Gekoski, who curated the collection of annotated first editions for the sale. "I am sure that the buyers of the individual books will be thrilled with their purchases."
The first novel of J.K. Rowling was brought to life by director Chris Colombus. Penned by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, the 2001 film introduced then-newcomers Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as best friends Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley respectively.
Premiered on November 4, the wizard film grabbed $32,3 million on its opening day and was considered a great success following positive responses from fans as well as critics.