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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 06:36 PM

Harry Potter: Portsmouth library may reclaim 42,500 (pound) book sold in USA

A Portsmouth library may attempt to reclaim one of its old Harry Potter books after it sold at auction for $55,000 (42,500).

The first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone bears a "Portsmouth City Library Service" stamp and number.
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Eric Bradley, Heritage Auctions' public relations director, said: "People actually really cherish those stamps and markings because it sets a provenance for the book."
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The library service said: "Our records show that this book was originally owned by Portsmouth's school library service and was one of three first editions we purchased in 1997 when the first Harry Potter story was published.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-54558176

Doesn't seem too bright to sell something obviously stolen at a public auction. When the "cherished" part is what shows it was stolen.

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Reply Harry Potter: Portsmouth library may reclaim 42,500 (pound) book sold in USA (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Oct 16 OP
regnaD kciN Oct 16 #1
muriel_volestrangler Oct 17 #4
sfstaxprep Oct 16 #2
forgotmylogin Oct 16 #3
muriel_volestrangler Oct 17 #5

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 06:40 PM

1. Such a mark doesn't necessarily mean it was stolen...

Around here, libraries regularly hold book sales, clearing out extra copies of formerly-hot titles for which they bought many copies initially. Those books, CDs, DVDs, etc. all come with the library's barcode stickers and other stamps, and they're still totally legitimate.

It would be hard to imagine a library discarding a first edition of that volume, but it's not unheard-of.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 03:32 AM

4. In the article, it explains they had 3 1st edition copies; they sold 2 in 2004 to raise funds

and knew the 3rd was missing then. So, no, it wasn't cleared out.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 06:43 PM

2. Was The Book Stolen?

And if it was sold by accident, what claims does the library have to it?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 07:40 PM

3. THAT MUST BE THE HEAVIEST BOOK EVER...

(I'm sorry, what? Well, it says forty two thousand... That's extremely heavy! The shipping alone must cost a for- ...What's that? Oh? Oh. ...

Oh! Right. I see... Okay. Okay...)

NEVER MIND!

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Response to forgotmylogin (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 03:33 AM

5. I know - but pound signs are stripped from DU post titles

for something vaguely related to security, I think. I knew I'd get something about the weight ...

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