“Fantastic Beasts” Movie Boosts Harry Potter Memorabilia at Auction, Say Barnebys Art & Auction Search

Coinciding with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a rare presentation copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling, will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s London in December. This particular copy of the book is estimated to reach an amazing £300,000 to £500,000 when it hits the saleroom on 13th December.


Image Credit: Sotheby’s

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a volume of five wizarding fairy-tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Only one tale, ‘The Tales of the Three Brothers‘ is recounted in the book and movie adaptation, and is the tale that provided vital clues to Voldemort’s downfall.

Originally presented as a personal gift to “those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books,” this copy of The Tales of  Beedle the Bard is one of only seven unique copies, produced by J.K. Rowling , as a gift for the most important people in Rowling’s life during this time. The author gave this copy to British publisher Barry Cunningham, who famously accepted the first Harry Potter book for publication. This gorgeous book brings incredible importance to Harry Potter fans, as Cunningham played an instrumental role in launching J.K. Rowling’s career and bringing them this amazing world.


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

Cunningham says the experience of receiving the copy on December 12th 2007 as “unreal,” and it became “progressively more exciting” as he opened the white jiffy envelope to reveal a  manuscript book, bound in brown morocco leather and adorned with semi-precious stones, which sit alongside a sterling silver mounted skull.

“The personal resonance of this book makes this both an exceptional and highly desirable object to come to auction,” explained Dr. Philip W. Errington the Director of Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department. “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 recognised the brilliance of J.K Rowling’s writing and her potential impact on children’s literature.”

Pontus Silfverstolpe, founder of Barnebys (the search engine which tracks art, antiques and collectables internationally across 1,600 auction houses), says: “Harry Potter has become an auction phenomenon. Any Harry Potter memorabilia, film posters, film costumes, and anything to do with the actors who starred in the films are eminently saleable. Prices have steadily increased over the past decade. For example, recently we have seen a number of items make surprising amounts.”


Other memorabilia items have bought in tonnes of cash at auctions before;  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter chair sold for a whopping $394,000 at Heritage auctions in the USA.

Certain copies of the original books are also worth a lot of money;  first edition’s of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone can sell for up to £25 000, whilst hardcover first editions of this book crediting “Joanne Rowling” rather than “J.K. Rowling” can get up to £35, 000!


A signed, first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Shapero  for £4, 200

By the time the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was in print, Rowling was signing less and less copies, and by the sixth (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) she was no longer doing any book tours at all – so any signed copies of books four-seven are highly collectible and can get a seller around £10, 000.


This all comes at an exciting time as the next step in the world of the Wizarding World begins – with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just around the corner, and fans all over the world relishing in the excitement that this particular story in the franchise will be five movies long, it’s never been a better time to be a Harry Potter fan.


The magical rare copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard  will be on view at Sotheby’s New York from 9th-11th November and Sotheby’s London from 9th-13th December, 2016.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be in UK cinema’s from the 18th November 2016.     



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