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The magic of a clean Harry Potter

Philosopher’s Stone and Tarzan swing to records at Texas sale featuring TS Eliot family archive

Books and works on paper

Harry Potter’s 20th birthday celebrations continue apace – with a new record for a standard copy of The Philosopher’s Stone.

The copy sold by Heritage (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of September 15 was a really bright and clean example from the first impression run of just 500.

Hammered down at $65,000 (£48,505), it set the auction benchmark for a copy of JK Rowling’s first book. Indeed, it bettered even the record of £46,000 set at Sotheby’s last December for “an almost mint copy” that was additionally signed and inscribed by the author – “To Ella, one of my favourite names…”

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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