A particular version of “Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone” will hit the public sale market in September after surviving — what might have been — a disastrous fireplace.
The e book is one in all 15 printed to mark the fifteenth anniversary of Harry Potter. Creator J.Okay. Rowling signed it and devoted it.
Though these books have been by no means offered for revenue, Carina Haouchine claimed her copy by profitable a contest in 2012, in line with Hansons Auctioneers.
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At simply 15 years outdated, Haouchine entered a contest by writer Bloomsbury by writing a letter explaining why she liked Harry Potter.
She additionally created a watercolor portrait of the three most important characters and hand-carved a wand.
The now-26-year-old from Scotland informed Hansons that she grew up studying the books and that she and her little brothers wished to win the last word prize — a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Common Orlando.
“I actually wished to enter to win the primary prize of a household journey to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, particularly as my little brothers have been massive Potter followers,” she recalled.
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The competitors would give the highest 15 contestants a signed and devoted particular version copy of “Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone” — which Haouchine ended up receiving.
“It felt wonderful to be one in all solely 15 folks chosen — however I’ve to confess I used to be additionally the littlest bit pissed off that I used to be a runner-up and had simply missed out on the first-prize [vacation],” she informed Hansons.
The filmmaker mentioned she saved the e book hidden away in her childhood bed room — after which in a storage cupboard in her residence — till earlier this yr, when a fireplace erupted downstairs.
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“Fortunately no one was injured … I’m very grateful the e book survived,” she mentioned.
With an estimated sale value of between $8,000 and $13,000, Haouchine mentioned she hopes the sale of her prized possession will assist pay for her upcoming marriage ceremony.
Jim Spencer, the top of Hansons’ Library Public sale, mentioned in a press launch that that is technically the rarest version of the e book.
“Till final yr, the general public had no thought what this e book even appeared like as a result of there was no visible file of its existence on-line,” he mentioned to Hansons.
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Hansons offered one other version of the e book final yr from one other runner-up — for over $8,000.
“The market is flooded with convincing forgeries of Rowling’s signature, so it is a golden alternative to purchase a signed e book with absolute confidence in its authenticity,” he mentioned.
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The e book will probably be supplied in Hansons Auctioneer’s Library Public sale at Bishton Corridor in Straffordshire, England, on September 5.