A Harry Potter fan found three first edition books by chance in a charity shop and after paying £3 for each one realised she could be sat on an absolute goldmine.
Hayley Malsom, 21, picked up The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince from her local British Heart Foundation.
She had no idea the books were rare until she got home and discovered they were all first editions.
The price of a first edition Harry Potter book varies wildly depending on condition, but sought after rarities can go for up to £60,000.
Hayley, from Gloucester, said:
“As far as I’m aware the staff in the charity shop are unaware that they are first editions as I obviously didn’t realise until later that day!
I haven’t had mine valued but after a quick Google I did see that one went for around £60,000.
I am a massive Harry Potter fan and have been since I first read the order of the phoenix in 2007 as part of a summer project before starting senior school.”
Still can't quite believe I found three first edition Harry Potter books in the charity shop today!
— Hayley Beth 🍭 (@lovehayleybeth) March 8, 2018
Last year, a first-edition Harry Potter book broke records after being sold at an auction for an incredible £60,000.
That means it was sold for more than 5,000 times it’s original price tag, £10.99.
Published in 1997 by Bloomsbury, once purchased it was kept in a private collection meaning it was in pristine condition.
It was sold last week at a US auction for more than quadruple its pre-auction estimate setting the world record for the highest price paid for an unsigned work of fiction published in the last 50 years.
“We have sold great Harry Potter titles – not to mention chairs – in the past, but we never really paid attention to such a thing as a world record.
This recent copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone surpassed the earlier record of approximately $60,000 by more than 30 percent.”
The magical novel sold for an amazing £60,211 beating the previous record of £43,750 which was held by the same book.
Better get searching those bookshelves!
by AMY GUARD