There exists in the world 7 very special copies of Beedle The Bard, the magical book of fairy tales which first receives a mention in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Each of these copies were handwritten and illustrated by Harry Potter author J.K Rowling was given as a personal gift to ‘those closely connected to the Harry Potter books.’ Southeby’s describe the makeup of the book as “Bound in brown morocco leather, the manuscript carries seven unique mounted rhodochrosite stones. At the end of the volume, the author notes that these semi-precious stones are ‘traditionally associated with love, balance and joy in daily life.”
The inscription inside reads “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell… THANK YOU”.
A previous auction for one of these very special books has sold at Southeby’s for £1.95 million, though the famous auction house expects this one to fetch a lower price of £300,000-500,000.
Cunningham, who is famously known as the man who acquired Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone plans to give some of the money to his children and some to JK Rowling’s charity, Lumos.
Talking about the auction Dr. Philip W. Errington, Southeby’s director of Books and Manuscripts department said “The personal resonance of this book makes this both an exceptional and highly desirable object to come to auction. It is particularly special as it is only one of six made for those closest to the author throughout the journey of creating the Harry Potter series, gifted to the man who recognised the brilliance of J.K Rowling’s writing and her potential impact on children’s literature.”