What do you give the ultimate Potterhead who has everything? Well, how about a hand-written and illustrated copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, created by J.K. Rowling herself?
On a December day in 2016, “Harry Potter” fans were able to witness a piece of wizarding history come to light and sold for the highest bidder in at Sothbedy’s auction house in London (where else?). The Book, a unique copy of J.K Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard was designed, hand-written and illustrated by the author herself, and is one of seven in existence overall.
The Book is one of six copies Rowling created as personal gifts to the who helped her bring the story of the boy wizard to life. The author also produced a seventh for an auction to raise money for her charity, Lumos, back in 2007. That one raised nearly two million pounds.
The copy which was on sale in December is the one given to Barry Cunningham the editor who signed and published Rowling, giving her the shot she so desperately needed in order to bring Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to life. Therefore it also comes with what has become a very treasured thing: a personal dedication from Rowling. Cunningham’s dedication reads:
To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell… THANK YOU!
Well, if you’re thinking about purchasing one of those priced copies, you should be willing to caugh out approximately £368,750, which is what Cunnigham’s copy fetched.