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lon­don » A hand­writ­ten and hand-il­lus­trated vol­ume of sto­ries given by J.K. Rowl­ing to the ed­i­tor who launched her ca­reer sold at auc­tion Tues­day for $467,965.

Sotheby’s sold one of seven orig­i­nal copies of “The Tales of Bee­dle the Bard,” pro­duced in 2007 to mark pub­li­ca­tion of the fi­nal Harry Pot­ter novel.

It’s in­scribed to Barry Cun­ning­ham, the ed­i­tor at Blooms­bury who ac­cepted the first Pot­ter book for pub­li­ca­tion. The ded­i­ca­tion reads, “To Barry, the man who thought an over­long novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell. THANK YOU.”

Rowl­ing was a strug­gling sin­gle mother when “Harry Pot­ter and the Philoso­pher’s Stone” was pub­lished in 1997. It and six sub­se­quent nov­els about the boy wizard went on to sell mil­lions of copies and spawn a suc­cess­ful movie fran­chise.

Sotheby’s said the leather-bound book, adorned with semi-pre­cious stones and a sil­ver skull, sold to an anony­mous tele­phone bid­der. An­other of the seven copies, pro­duced for a 2007 char­ity auc­tion, was bought by Ama­zon for about $2.5 mil­lion.

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This is the third of only seven copies of J.K. Rowl­ing’s hand­writ­ten and per­son­ally il­lus­trated “The Tales of Bee­dle the Bard.”

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