The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was one of six copies the author passed on to people closely involved with the wizard books, was auctioned off in London, England on Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2016). The copy belonged to Barry Cunningham, the publisher who first signed Rowling.
Inside the the jewel-and-silver-skull-encrusted book, Rowling drew illustrations and wrote an inscription, which read, “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell… THANK YOU.”
This isn’t the first handwritten edition —there are seven in total — to sell at an auction. The first fetched a whopping £1.95 million in 2007, with all proceeds going to charity.
Take a look at the half-a-million dollar book below.
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) December 13, 2016