Just recently, J K Rowling was on our blog for the first edition of Harry Potter being auctioned for $40,000. But today she is here for a much nobler reason. She has offered to auction a set of fairytales mentioned in the final Harry Potter novel to raise money for a children’s charity. The author has hand-written and illustrated just seven copies of The Tales Of Beedle The Bard. It is her first work since the last Harry Potter book was published in July. While one copy will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London next month, the others will be given away by Rowling to those most closely connected with the Potter books. Rowling said: “The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years.” Each of the seven copies is bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with different semi-precious stones. However, the one copy that will go under the hammer is mounted with hand-chased silver ornaments and seven moonstones.
The estimated bidding price of £30,000 ($60,000) – £50,000 ($100,000) will go to the Children’s Voice, a charity co-founded by Rowling which campaigns for child rights across Europe. Speaking of her future plans, Rowling said she has a “half-finished book for children” that would probably end up being her next published work. The Beedle book will be sold on December 13. Read more about The Tales Of Beedle The Bard here.