Rare Harry Potter collectables feature in sale
Coming up in Reeman Dansie’s summer Fine Art sale on 28th / 29th June is a rare First Edition, First Issue, of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, the first book of the series and released in an issue of approximately 5000 before the Potter phenomenon exploded. The paperback book is complete with spelling mistakes and errors which were corrected in later issues. This rare and desirable book was recently discovered in a charity shop, in the Colchester area, by a school teacher who was scouring charity shops, acquiring copies of the book for her English class, it was only later that her eagle-eyed son spotted the publishing details which confirm the copy to be the rare first issue. The book, in fine condition, is estimated at £4000-6000. Featuring in the same auction is an original prop from the film franchise. The Gryffindor House cloak was gifted to 7 year old Alba Diaferia during a visit to the Warner Brothers film set at Leavesden, arranged by Make A Wish Foundation. During the visit Alba watched filming of The Goblet of Fire, the fourth film of the Harry Potter franchise; she met and lunched with the principal actors. Alba later also attended the Film premiere at Leicester Square. Alba, who was a passionate reader and particularly fond of the Harry Potter series, wore this cloak during her special day at the studios and on one other occasion, World Book day at her school, when she attended school dressed as her hero - Hermione Grainger, no doubt surrounded by innumerable other Hogwarts students, but sporting a rather more special outfit. Harry Potter props are very scarce at auction, and costume from the films is particularly desirable. This rare cloak is estimated at £5000-7000 and a percentage of the money raised from this sale will be gifted to Make A Wish Foundation.
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