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’Holy grail’ stolen

Several rare books were stolen from SN Books in Thetford over the night of 8-9 January, including a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, described as the ‘Holy Grail’ for serious Potter collectors. This being one of 500 copies from the first edition in 1997 which names the author as Joanne Rowling. 300 such copies were sold to libraries, meaning only a possible 200 exist in unmarked condition. The stolen copy was particularly rare, coming in a red custom-made box. It is valued at £40,000.

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