JK’s £40k gift to school run pal

Scottish Daily Mail - - TERROR ON THE TUBE - By Jo Sten­son

IT was a gift from an un­known au­thor to a friend on the school run, 20 years ago.

Now the first edi­tion of the first Harry Pot­ter story with an in­scrip­tion by JK Rowl­ing is set to fetch £40,000 at auc­tion in Novem­ber.

In 1997, be­fore the book hit the shelves and made Miss Rowl­ing’s fortune, the strug­gling writer gave a signed copy of Harry Pot­ter and the Philoso­pher’s Stone to a friend called Meera.

The two met in Ed­in­burgh where their daugh­ters, Jes­sica and Nas­tas­sia, at­tended the same nurs­ery. As they col­lected their chil­dren, they built up a friend­ship.

This led the au­thor to give her new friend one of only 500 copies of her newly-printed book. The hand­writ­ten mes­sage inside reads: ‘For Meera, Don­nie, Nas­tas­sia and Kai with lots of love from Jo.’

The book also con­tains a print­ing er­ror cor­rected in later print runs. On page 53 there is a du­pli­ca­tion of ‘1 wand’ on a shopping list. The copy­right is also cred­ited to ‘Joanne Rowl­ing’, later changed to JK Rowl­ing. It is thought that ‘Meera’ is Meera Suther­land, now liv­ing in Liv­ingston, West Loth­ian. No­body was avail­able for com­ment there yes­ter­day.

Luke Batterham of Bon­hams auc­tion­eers said: ‘The book is be­ing sold on be­half of Meera. I think, with it be­ing 20 years since its re­lease, the idea of hold­ing on to a book of such high value sud­denly be­came too much.’

Hand­writ­ten: The in­scrip­tion

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