In 1997, the first hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in only 500 copies.

A rare hardcover first edition of the novel about a young wizard “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by British writer J. K. Rowling was sold on Thursday at Heritage Auctions in Dallas (Texas) for a record price of $471 thousand.

In 1997, the first edition of this novel was published in only 500 copies. 300 of them immediately went to libraries and schools, and only 200 were sold in stores. For this reason, copies without a library stamp are especially highly valued by collectors. As noted on the auction house’s website, this edition is also distinguished by typos on the title and 53rd page.

The sold copy is in excellent condition. “It is impossible to find other words for this copy except as magical, incredibly bright, and in such a pristine form that it seems incredible to hold it in your hands,” the description of the lot states. The first edition paperback book was also sold at the auction, but its circulation was 5,650 copies, so they are valued less – the lot went under the hammer for $ 16,250.

Seven novels about a boy magician, published from 1997 to 2007, brought Rowling worldwide fame. The total circulation of books published in more than 80 languages exceeds 500 million copies. Eight blockbusters have been shot based on these works.