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First edition Harry Potter books are now amongst the rarest and most sought after collectibles in the world

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A first edition Harry Potter novel, bought for just €5 in a second-hand bookstore in Dublin, has sold for €5,200 at auction.

The JK Rowling novel was one of 560 collectibles and pieces of historical memorabilia to go under the hammer at an auction at Mullen's Auctioneers in Bray.

Confirming details of the auction results this week, head of collectibles at Mullens, Stuart Purcell confirmed the staggering price obtained for the Potter book.

"Perhaps the rarest of 275 lots of rare and antiquarian books on offer was lot 496," he said, "a 1997 first edition, second impression of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."

"It sold for €5,200."

First edition Harry Potter books are now amongst the rarest and most sought after collectibles in the world.

Last October, a first edition Harry Potter book, which a father used to teach his children English, fetched more than €70,000 at auction.

The book, one of only 500 hardback first editions printed, was sold by a retired British expat from Luxembourg.

That novel went under the hammer at Hansons' Staffordshire Library Auction.

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