JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript Goes Up for Auction

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JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript Goes Up for Auction

JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard manuscript is up for grabs now! Care to bid on it?

One of the seven books that JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, wrote and was presented to British publisher Barry Cunningham is up for auction.

Who is the owner of this manuscript?

The book holds special significance, as Cunningham played a big part in launching JK Rowling’s career as an international best-seller author.

In a dedication written in the front of the book, JK Rowling wrote: “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell… THANK YOU”.

Cunningham remembers receiving the copy on 12th December 2007 and describes the experience as ‘unreal’ becoming ‘progressively more exciting’ as he opened a white jiffy envelope that later revealed a beautiful, cloth-wrapped manuscript book.

Adorned with semi-precious stone, and sterling silver mounted skull, the book comes with the original packaging, in which the copy was delivered.

JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript
JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript

Originally presented as a personal gift to ‘those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books’, the manuscript of tales about wizards is one of only seven unique copies produced for the most important people in Rowling’s life during this time.

Back in 2007, a seventh copy produced specifically for sale at auction to raise money for J.K Rowling’s charity Lumos, was sold at Sotheby’s for a record-breaking £1.95 million.

JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript
JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript

Dr. Philip W. Errington, Director of Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department said:

“The personal resonance of this book makes this both an exceptional and highly desirable object to come to auction. It is particularly special as it is only one of six made for those closest to the author throughout the journey of creating the Harry Potter series, gifted to the man who recognized the brilliance of J.K Rowling’s writing and her potential impact on children’s literature.”

JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript
JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript

Tied up in brown morocco leather, the manuscript carries seven unique mounted rhodochrosite stones. Right at the end, JK Rowling writes that these semi-precious stones are ‘traditionally associated with love, balance and joy in daily life.’

JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript
JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript

The outside of the book is embellished with hallmarked sterling silver ornaments, centered by an ominous skull.

JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript
JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard Manuscript |photos: Sotheby’s|

What story is told in the manuscript?

The manuscript contains clues that were to prove crucial to Harry Potter’s final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a volume of five wizarding fairy-tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Only one tale, ‘The Tales of the Three Brothers’ is viagra para mujer recounted in the book.

The book will be on view at Sotheby’s in New York from 9–11 November and in London from 9–13 December.

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