Antiques Roadshow saves family’s rare £50k Harry Potter book from car boot sale

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A family's rare first edition Harry Potter book which was set aside for a car boot sale has sold at an auction for a staggering £50,000.

Karen Rumsey, her daughter Charlotte and sons Callum and Cameron, are now thousands of pounds richer after, all thanks to an episode of Antiques Roadshow.

Earlier this month, Charlotte, 28, from Preston, was helping her mum clear out items in her home when she came across a first issue hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – one of only 500 in the first print run published by Bloomsbury back in 1997.

Charlotte said it wasn't until she saw an episode of the hit show that she realised how much it could be worth, writes LancsLive.

She said: “I’d been helping mum have a clear out during lockdown as she’s downsizing. We’d put lots of things aside for a car boot sale in Blackpool including the Harry Potter book which we’d had since 1999. A friend of the family gave it to us for me and my brothers to read as they thought we might enjoy it.

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“I put it in the 50p book box without a second thought but, soon after, I just happened to see the Antiques Roadshow on TV. Someone had taken along some rare Harry Potter books and the experts said they could be worth £13,000. I thought maybe we might have a first edition and rang mum to ask her to double check our book.

"She took it out of the box and I began reading out the issue points that identify it as first edition. As she turned the pages to check each one, everything seemed to be exactly the same.

“We still couldn’t believe it so we contacted Hansons. Their expert Jim Spencer confirmed it was a genuine first edition. We’re so excited. Mum moved to Blackpool in 2003 and can’t believe she has had such a valuable book sitting on her bookshelf all that time."

The book, which was one of only 500 editions, sold at Hanson's Auctioneers on Friday in Derby

Out of the 500 copies, 300 went to schools and libraries, and only 200 was sent to shops.

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