|Various media outlets
are reporting that a handwritten version of The Tales of Beedle the Bard
has sold at auction for £368, 750.
The jewelled edition was written by J. K. Rowling and given to her publisher, Barry Cunningham.
Cunningham’s copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which had a guide price of £300,000-£500,000, is a cloth-wrapped, leather-bound manuscript covered in semi-precious stones and features a silver mounted skull. A note from Rowling in the front of the edition reads: “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell … THANK YOU.”
The book was delivered to Cunningham in an envelope in 2007. Sotheby’s said that the stones on the manuscript’s cover are rhodochrosite, which Rowling notes at the end of the volume are “traditionally associated with love, balance and joy in daily life”.