When JK Rowling was penning down the manuscript of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ in 2002, little did she dream that 17 years later an ultra-rare edition would be sold for $92,000. The book has been deemed special because the title was spelled wrong on the cover.
On the back of the 1997 original, the title is misspelled ‘Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone’. Interestingly, the unique copy was one of only 500 first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to bear the original impression that called J. K. Rowling by her first name, Joanne.
In addition to the spelling error, the book also entails a duplication of ‘1 wand’ on Harry’s school equipment list. It appears at the beginning of the list, and at the end.
Imperfections are what brought the book its value. Recently sold at Bonhams Auction House in Knightsbridge West London, the book also features J. K. Rowling’s hand-inked signature on a sticker which the award-winning author included when the copy was sold passed onto two charities in 2003.