The immaculate, recordbreaking copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' sold for $380,000 (£286,575) by Heritage.

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However, after what Heritage (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) later described as a “protracted round of heated bidding” they reached a staggering $380,000 (£286,575) and earned a resounding burst of applause from those present.

A report on some of the other attractions to be found in that Dallas sale will appear in a future issue.