Imagine you're looking through your local op-shop, buying some old Harry Potter books for a few dollars each, and then realising your books could be worth THOUSANDS!
That was the case for 21 year old Hayley Malson who, after buying The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince for £3 for each ($5 NZD) at her local op-shop, found out she had just bought three, first edition copies.
As far as I’m aware the staff in the charity shop are unaware that they are first editions as I obviously didn’t realise until later that day!
I haven’t had mine valued but after a quick Google I did see that one went for around £60,000. I am a massive Harry Potter fan and have been since I first read the order of the phoenix in 2007 as part of a summer project before starting senior school.
Last year a first edition Philosopher's Stone book sold at auction for £60,000 which is just over 116,000 NZD!
James Gannon, director of the auction, said:
We have sold great Harry Potter titles – not to mention chairs – in the past, but we never really paid attention to such a thing as a world record.
This recent copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone surpassed the earlier record of approximately $60,000 by more than 30 percent.
The book had been kept in a private collection and in pristine condition, which is why it cost so much $$$, but if you've got a first edition copy lying around your house, then you could be sat on a goldmine.
BRB off to check our old books and then head to the op-shop!