Rare Harry Potter books salvaged from a SKIP are now set to sell for £18,000 after a teacher saved them from the tip
- An unidentified teacher salvaged the valuable first edition from a skip in 2008
- The first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is worth £12,000
- Two paperback versions of the book worth between £2-3k were also saved
- The three valuable books are being sold at auction in Staffordshire on May 21
Three first-edition Harry Potter books salvaged from a skip are expected to fetch £18,000 at auction this month.
A teacher retrieved the books after they had been thrown out in a tidy-up at her school in Buckinghamshire in 2008.
They include a rare hardback first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of only 500 in the first print run. It is expected to fetch at least £12,000 in an online auction held by Staffordshire firm Hansons Auctioneers on May 21.
Book expert Jim Spencer holding one of three first editions of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone that are going up for auction on May 21
The three copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone could sell for between £2,000 and £12,000. The hardback version is one of an initial print run of 500 books
The other two books – Philosopher’s Stone paperbacks – are expected to sell for between £2,000 and £3,000 each.
The teacher, now a 65-year-old grandmother who did not wish to be named, said: ‘I love books and reading and it just seemed awful to throw them away, so I picked up about five Harry Potter books. I thought they might be useful for my children or grandchildren.
‘I had no idea they were of any value, and neither did the school. They’d been well read and the school always ensured its library was pristine for Ofsted inspections.
‘I think the school originally had ten Harry Potter hardback first editions. I don’t know what happened to the other nine.’
Jim Spencer, books expert at Hansons, said: ‘Hardback first editions of Philosopher’s Stone are as rare as hen’s teeth.’