Friday, December 14, 2007

Does J.K. Rowling (aka Harry Potter author) Need More Money?

I mean, I like Harry Potter... but the prices that some of the original Potter books are getting is ridiculous! The first edition of the Philospher's Stone (known as the Sorcerer's Stone in the US) cost $20 and recently sold at auction for $34,000 - and that book is UNSIGNED. Can you even believe it??

Anyways, J.K. Rowling's latest book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, just went up for auction and ended up making nowhere near the amount expected. The last of 7 handwritten editions of the book (which will not be published) was expected to go for around $100,000, so I'm sure there were some pleasantly surprised faces when bidding closed just shy of $4 million dollars. The money will be donated to The Children's Voice, a charity that campaigns for the rights of children in Europe and was co-founded by Rowling and Baroness Nicholson back in 2005. In response to the auction's end Rowling was "ecstatic" and was quoted as saying "It means Christmas has come early to me this year." I think Christmas came for her about 10 years ago when she branded "Harry Potter" which has become a $15 BILLION DOLLAR franchise.

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