Proof copy of Harry Potter book, bought for pennies in 1997, sells for more than $13,000

This undated photo issued by Hansons Auctioneers on Monday Feb. 26, 2024, shows a first edition Harry Potter novel. The proof copy of the first Harry Potter novel that was bought for pennies in a second-hand bookshop almost 30 years ago has sold at auction for more than 10,000 pounds, or $12,700. British auctioneers Hanson’s said Monday Feb. 26, 2024, that the first-edition copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” which states “uncorrected proof copy” on the cover, was bought in 1997 from a shop in south London with two other books for a total of 40 pence ($0.50). (Hansons Auctioneers via AP)

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