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Dubai-based bigshot bags first Harry Potter book for US$19,000…

A Dubai-based comic book collector has shelled out just over $19,000 for a softcover copy of the first Harry Potter book.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was one of only 200 copies from the first printing issued with illustrated wrappers by London publisher Bloomsbury.

The 1997 work about the boy wizard was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and includes an illustrated card signed by author J. K. Rowling.

The winning bid of $19,120 was nearly double the previous record for a softcover Harry Potter book, Heritage Auction Galleries says.

The bidder, a vintage comic book collector from Dubai, bought the book for his, wife, a Harry Potter fan.

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