Rare Harry Potter book survives fire and sells for 15,000

2023-09-05 15:38:49  • 3 mins

A rare edition of the first Harry Potter book, which survived a house fire, has sold for 15,000 at auction.

It was one of only 15 editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone published in 2012 to mark the 15th anniversary of the Potter phenomenon.

Won by Carina Haouchine when she was just 15, until recently it has been stored in her tenement flat in Glasgow.

Earlier this year a fire left the property uninhabitable but Carina is grateful the book survived.

Auctioneers Hansons said it was in pristine condition and signed by author JK Rowling.

Now it has sold at auction, surpassing its estimate of 8,000 - 12,000, Carina hopes to put the money towards her wedding.

Carina, 26, a documentary film-maker, won the book in a competition run by publisher Bloomsbury to find the UK's biggest Harry Potter fan.

She said she was thrilled with the result of the auction and "very grateful to my 15-year-old self".

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