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By Kara Harris

PHOENIX – While the series has come to an end, the magic lives on for many fans of the wizarding world. 

Recently at an auction house in London, a first edition Harry Potter book was sold. 

This may not surprise you, but what is making the headlines is how much the book actually went for. 

Brace yourself.

A “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” book sold for almost $100,000.

The exact auction selling price went for 68,812 euros which equates to $90,074 U.S. dollars. 

This price tag had even the loyalist of Harry Potter fans in shock.

Only 500 copies of this title actually exist according to Bonham’s Auction House.

Aside from the number of printed copies being limited, the book is also unique because of its grammatical errors.

One typo that stood out was the misspelling of the word “Philosopher” on the back cover. The page accidentally referred to the novel as “Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone.” 

Another error was found on Harry’s school supplies list. The item ‘1 wand’ was listed twice. Critics argue that these elements are what make the book one of a kind. 

The book also has an autograph from “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling on the copyright page. 

If the title “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” doesn’t sound familiar, there’s a reason. 

In the U.S., this book was known as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The United Kingdom published the book first with “Philosopher” in the title. 

Regardless of the name, this book still marks the beginning of the seven series collection. 

The identity of the person that purchased the rare book has not yet been revealed. 

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