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The Galley Leaves from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone cause a stir at auction

The only known surviving set of galley leaves for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has sold for £37,500 after it “caused quite a stir” at auction.

The uncorrected leaves, never shown before, are a version of the book that was sent out before the final proofreading and consists of 224 numbered pages on 109 leaves.

The set of sheets sold for almost double its low pre-sale estimate of £20,000 after a raging bidding war was won by a private collector bidding over the phone from overseas.

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Proofs for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (Chiswick Auctions/PA)

Back then, in February 1997, a copy of the book was sent to Fiona Waters, the children’s book critic, by Rosamund Walker, Marketing Manager of Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

In an accompanying note, Walker wrote: “Dear Fiona, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Joanne Rowling.

“I have attached a manuscript for your interest as promised…I would greatly appreciate it if you would let me know your comments for offers ahead of publication.”

A month later, Waters replied, “I just loved this book. Something about Harry Potter reminds me of Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

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Letter from (Chiswick Auctions/PA)

Waters’ quote was used as a review on the back cover of the book’s first printed edition.

Clive Moss, Head of Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper, Chiswick Auctions, said: “We are delighted with the result of this only known surviving set of first-to-market and sensational proofs.

“We expected strong competition for them as they offered a unique insight into what would become an iconic work in literary history.”

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