A recent article from The Bustle shares how some now rare books people bought as children are now incredibly valuable. Valuable enough for people consider stealing them.
The heart of the story is a rare, signed, First Edition copy of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which was stolen from a London bookstore. In footage of the theft, the thief Rudolf Schonegger replaced the rare first edition with another book. This particular copy of the 4th Harry Potter book has an estimated worth of over $3,300.
Over the course of his trial, the Italian bookseller is accused of stealing other rare books of high value. Rudolf has also supposedly sold a stolen copy of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, worth almost $1000, in addition to a first edition of William Golding’s Pincher Martin at over $200.
Other books by JK Rowling, including her less well-received mystery novels, have ranged in value from single, signed books worth $1300 to whole signed collections worth $11,800.
The full article from The Bustle can be read here.
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