Tales of Beedle the Bard

One of just seven copies of a new work by JK Rowling – The Tales of Beedle the Bard – sold at Sotheby’s on the 26 June 2007 for an unprecedented £1,950,000.

Created, hand-written and illustrated by JK Rowling, the volume of previously untold stories attracted pre-sale interest from all corners of the world. Today, six bidders locked horns in a battle to secure it – the hammer finally falling to a representative from London fine art dealers Hazlitt Gooden and Fox, bidding on behalf of Amazon.com, Inc. Proceeds from the sale will go to The Children’s Voice – a campaign run by the Children’s High Level Group, the charity JK Rowling co-founded in 2005 with Emma Nicholson MEP that seeks to make life better for vulnerable children across Europe.


Speaking after the sale, JK Rowling said: “I am stunned and ecstatic. This will mean so much to

children in desperate need of help. Christmas has come early for me.”

Emma Nicholson, MEP, added:“I am delighted with the money raised by the auction of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and profoundly grateful to my co-chair JK Rowling for her generosity in the original gift. The Children’s Voice Campaign relies solely on public donation to fund its work and this fantastic sum of money will make a huge difference to the lives of many vulnerable children.”

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