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Amazon forks out $4m for limited edition J.K. Rowling book

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Seattle (WA) - Amazon.com was represented in an auction in Sotheby’s yesterday, and the online retailer became the proud owner of a never-before-released handwritten book from J.K. Rowling, for around $4 million.

The book is an illustrated tale of wizardry called "The Tales of Beedle the Bard". It was mentioned in the final Harry Potter book as belonging to Hermione, Harry’s friend.

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Hazlitt, Gooden, and Fox, a London dealer, bid on behalf of Amazon, taking it all the way up to 1.95 million pounds ($3.98 million). The proceeds will go to Rowling’s co-founded charity Children’s Voice, a European organization to help battled children. Amazon has posted pictures of the book on its website.

"J.K. Rowling had done the world a rare and immeasurably valuable service — enlarging forever our concept of the way books can touch people — and in particular children — in modern times," said Amazon.com CEO John Bezos.

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    stom , 18 December 2007 03:47
    Link to source! Why don't THG link to sources anymore??