Thursday, December 13, 2007
Fine arts and book dealers Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox paid a "fair fortune" for the lone copy of J. K. Rowling's Tales of Beedle the Bard made available for sale at a Sotheby's auction this week. The winning bid was nearly two million pounds. Ms. Rowling has specified that the text of the book can never be published. The Tales play a large part in Harry Potter's saga, specifically in the seventh volume. The dedication in the book reads: "Six of these books have been given to those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books during the last 17 years. This seventh copy will be auctioned, the proceeds to help institutionalised children who are in desperate need of a voice. So to whoever now owns this book, thank you - and fair fortune be yours!"