Jewelled book was Harry Potter authors thank you gift to publisher who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell
A handwritten and jewelled edition of JK Rowlings The Tales of Beedle the Bard gifted to her publisher has sold for 368,750 at auction.
Rowling handwrote seven copies of her collection of fairytales set in the Harry Potter universe and gave six as presents to those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books. The seventh copy, made by Rowling to raise money for her charity Lumos, was sold at auction by Sothebys in 2007 for 1.95m.
The copy sold by Sothebys in London on Tuesday was made for publisher Barry Cunningham, who was working at Bloomsbury when he decided to publish the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Rowlings agent Christopher Little sent the manuscript to 12 publishers before Cunningham, who now runs childrens publisher Chicken House, read it. He later revealed he had warned Rowling that she would never make any money from her book… not many childrens hardbacks sold in those days.