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J.K. Rowling book sells for $4 million
A J.K. Rowling fan purchased the ultimate stocking stuffer at a Sotheby's auction: a leather bound, handwritten and illustrated book of fairy tales created by the famed Harry Potter author.
But the buyer didn't wait it to go on sale. Estimated to sell for $100,000, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" sold for four million dollars. The money will go to The Children's Voice, a charity co-founded by Rowling and Baroness Nicholson, a member of Britain's House of Lords.
"This will mean so much to children in desperate need of help," she said in a statement. "It means Christmas has come early to me 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years," Rowling said.
Note to J.K. Rowling: I know an easy way to raise even more money for your charity, make this book available to the rest of us!