Harry Potter First Edition Sets World Records at Heritage Auctions

Lincoln Consignments Accepted for Dec. 2 Historical Americana Auction at Heritage

rare, first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – one of just 500 original copies, of which 300 were destined for British libraries – set a world record when it sold for $81,250 during Heritage Auctions’ offering of rare books Sept. 14 in Dallas. Frenzied bidding pushed numerous lots well past their pre-auction estimates, propelling the total sales in the event to nearly $2 million.

“We are very pleased with the performance of Genre fiction in our auction, continuing on our earlier successes in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Mystery and Detective Literature,” Heritage Auctions Rare Books Director James Gannon said. “Heritage is extremely strong in presenting and marketing these books, and by now we have the attention of the rare book market and a large following of enthusiastic bidders.”

hah9-20-17

A swarm of bidders pursued the first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone until it more than quadrupled its pre-auction estimate before finally hammering at $81,250. Presented as originally sold, without a dust jacket, the volume also set the world record for the highest price paid for an unsigned work of fiction published in the last 50 years.

“We have sold great Harry Potter titles – not to mention chairs – in the past, but we never really paid attention to such a thing as a world record,” Gannon said. “This recent copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone surpassed the earlier record of approximately $60,000 by more than 30 percent. It very well may be the highest price obtained at auction for any unsigned work of literature published in the past 50 years.”

A first edition of History of the Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall climbed to $66,250. The work is now famous for its color plate portraits of the chiefs, warriors and squaws of the various tribes; the original paintings were destroyed in the Smithsonian fire of 1865, so their appearance in this work preserves the only known likeness of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the early 19th century.

Another lot that far exceeded expectations was a John James Audubon [Robert Havell, engraver] Original Copper Printing Plate, and John James Audubon Brown Creeper, Certhia Familiaris, and California Nuthatch, Sitta Pygmea drew $62,500 – more than six times the pre-auction estimate. The Birds of America was published between 1827 and 1838 in London, after which many of the plates were sold for scrap or melted down. This plate is believed to be one of 78 still extant, from the original 397.

A 1919 first edition of T.S. Eliot’s Ara Vos Prec (The Ovid Press) is another lot that sparked furious competition among 13 bidders until it climbed all the way to $57,500 – more than 11 times its pre-auction estimate. One of just four presentation copies printed on Japan vellum, this copy is not numbered, and is inscribed by Eliot on the half-title: “for my mother / Charlotte C. Eliot / T.S. Eliot.”

“The crystal-clear provenance on the T.S. Eliot material helped these lots to far exceed their estimates,” Gannon said. “Coming directly from his family is really the very definition of ‘fresh to market’ and it is more accurate to say ‘never to market’ before.”

A 1929 first edition of Red Harvest, the first book written by Dashiell Hammett, was offered in its rare, original color-printed dust jacket, which was totally unrestored. Bidders pushed the auction price to $50,625. The lot was the premier offering from the KoKo Collection, the most substantial collection of mystery and detective literature ever offered by Heritage Auctions.

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

0 comments

Add your comment

Commenting is allowed only for registered users.

Other articlesgo to homepage

Goldin Auctions 2017 Holiday Auction Ends The Year With A Record-Setting Night

Goldin Auctions 2017 Holiday Auction Ends The Year With A Record-Setting Night(0)

An exciting 2017 auction season ended on a high note as several new records were set and more than $1.6 million in sales were recorded during the Goldin Auctions 2017 Holiday Auction. Among the record-setting items in the 1,250-lot auction of sports, entertainment, historical artifacts and pop-culture memorabilia that closed on December 9 were:

President John F. Kennedy Painting Auctions for $162,500 at Heritage

President John F. Kennedy Painting Auctions for $162,500 at Heritage(0)

A rare painting completed in 1955 by President John F. Kennedy and auctioned by Kennedy family heirs sold for $162,500 in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 2 Americana & Political Auction. The auction realized $1,162,777 on period presidential memorabilia ranging from pinbacks to White House china.

Mile High Card Company Closes Out Record-Breaking 2017 Year With Sensational December Auction

Mile High Card Company Closes Out Record-Breaking 2017 Year With Sensational December Auction(0)

A year of newly discovered material and record shattering prices concluded with Mile High Card Company’s elite December event, headlined by two items of autographed memorabilia that are fresh to the hobby; a 1923 Completely Handwritten Babe Ruth Letter with Baseball Content PSA/DNA 9 MINT that sold for $88,780 and a Spectacular Jackie Robinson Single-Signed

Heritage Auctions Offers Weekly Internet Auctions – Sports, Comics, Movie Posters And More

Heritage Auctions Offers Weekly Internet Auctions – Sports, Comics, Movie Posters And More(0)

Don’t miss our on a wide variety of weekly internet auctions offered by Heritage Auctions!  Every Sunday, Heritage Auctions offers 100’s of items up for bid from a variety of collectible categories including; comic & comic art, sports memorabilia, movie posters and more!  Bid, register and view the auctions here. 

Heritage Auctions Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction Ends December 10, 2017

Heritage Auctions Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction Ends December 10, 2017(0)

Bid now in Heritage Auctions Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction Ends December 10, 2017. There are lots of items slated for the auction block. As always, we try to offer a diverse group of material so that the largest assortment of collectors possible can participate.  Bid, view and register at historical.ha.com.

read more

Auction Schedule

Featured Auctions:
(*) MeiGray Auctions: Nov. 25 - Dec. 13-14
(*) PWCC Auctions: Dec. 1 - Dec. 13-14
(*) RR Auction: Dec. 7 - Dec. 14
(*) Iconic Auctions: Dec. 4 - Dec. 16
(*) Lelands.com: Dec. 1 - Dec. 17
(*) PWCC Auctions: Dec. 1 - Dec. 17-21
(*) Grey Flannel Auctions: Dec. 1 - Dec. 20
(*) MeiGray Auctions: Dec. 8 - Dec. 20-21
(*) Sirius Sports Cards: Dec. 9 - Dec. 21
(*) Auction of Champions: Dec. 12 - Dec. 27
Sterling Sports: Dec. 14 - Dec. 28
(*) Pristine Auction: Dec. 1 - Dec. 31
MEARS Auctions: Dec. 22 - Jan. 2
Sirius Sports Cards: Dec. 23 - Jan. 4
Memory Lane Inc: Dec. 22 - Jan. 13
2017 Full Auction Schedule

Daily/Weekly Auctions:
(*) Fanatic Auctions: Daily
(*) Greg Morris Cards: Daily
(*) NHL Auctions: Daily
(*) Pristine Auction: Daily
(*) Kevin Savage Auctions: Every Monday
(*) Auction of Champions: Monthly
(*) Pristine Weekly: Every Tuesday
(*) Kevin Savage Auctions: Every Wednesday
(*) Pristine Classic: Every Wednesday
(*) Kevin Savage Auctions: Every Thursday
(*) NBA Auctions: Every Thursday
(*) Sig Auctions: Every Thursday
(*) Fusco Auctions: Every Friday
(*) Heritage - Sports: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Comics: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Entertainment: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Historical: Every Sunday
(*) Just Collect: Every Sunday
(*) Steiner Sports: Every Sunday
(*) Lelands Internet: Weekly
2017 Full Auction Schedule

Consignment Deadlines:
Auction of Champions - 12/15
Lelands.com - 12/15
Sirius Sports Cards - 12/15
Steiner Auctions - 12/15
MEARS Auctions - 12/18
Huggins & Scott - 12/22
REA - 1/16
All Consignment Deadlines
Consign/Sell Here

Sponsors

Contacts and information

Auction Report is the premier web site for news coverage and more on the best auction companies.

Social networks

Most popular categories

© 2017 Auction Report All rights reserved.