“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” a handwritten manuscript with stones on the cover was auctioned to a whooping £ 368,750. It is one of the seven copies J.K.Rowling has wrote for some special people. The other six books were given as a gift to those who are closely associated with Harry Potter book series.
The seventh one was presented to Mr. Barry Cunningham, who runs the children’s publication Chicken House. It was presented to him as a token of love for selecting the first of Harry Potter series “Harry Potter and the Philosopher stone” to be published.
The book was auctioned by Sotheby in London. The auction was started last month in their portal and ended this week. The book is a leather bound manuscript decorated with Rhodochrosite (A precious stone) and a silver skull. The copy does have a note by Rowling to Mr. Cunningham as follows “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell … THANK YOU.” She has also added a note about the stone as “traditionally associated with love, balance and joy in daily life”.
Why it was gifted to Mr. Cunningham? Well, he was then working in Bloomsbury when JKR’s agent Christopher approached him for publishing the book. Previously it was rejected by 12 other publishers. Cunningham once stated that after selecting the book told Rowling that “she would never make any money from her book… not many children’s hardbacks sold in those days.”
But the books went on to become a massive hit all over the world and broke every possible record in book selling history. The Tale of Beedle the Bard is a collection of children’s stories. The book has a mention in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and it is recognised as Wizarding children’s fairy tales. According to the Harry Potter book a copy of Beedle the Bard was bequeathed to Hermione by Dumbledore. It helped Harry Potter to destroy the dark lord Voldemort.
Whenever Harry Potter name hit the news it makes the headline, so does the auction. If you want to read a copy of it you can try a google search. Have fun!