You read that right. Daniel Radcliffe’s autograph on a copy of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone just sold for £2,600 or AUD4,717.
A bit much for something that was scrawled by a pre-teen don’t you think? Well, it is believed that the book signed back in 2000 is actually Radcliffe’s first autograph as Harry Potter. That’s to put things in perspective. As we all know, the iconic character with the Harry Potter franchise became a massive worldwide phenomenon since then.
Radcliffe was reportedly nothing shy of 11 when he signed his name on the hardback copy. It was owned by one of the bit players on the set of the first Harry Potter film, Verity Collins. Metro reports that Radcliffe told the owner she was the first to ask for his autograph. Bless his little heart!
Now, the rare Sorcerer’s Stone copy went on auction and was bought five times more than its estimated worth. Collins gathered 13 signatures on the book from the cast of the first Harry Potter movie. The signing cast included Emma Watson (Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley).
Radcliffe’s autograph not only had his name attached to it. He also added a little note for a personalized touch. The actor wrote: “To Verity, best wishes Daniel Radcliffe.”
The book was only expected to earn around £500 or a little under a thousand Australian dollars. It ended up earning almost three grand in Pounds. Indeed, something as unique that comes with an interesting story can be worth more than its initial pricing.