The worn-out original copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, bought for less than a dollar, is now valued at a whopping $6300.

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Experts confirmed that the novel was one of 500 copies published in 1996 by Bloomsbury, and one of 300 copies sent to libraries across the UK, according to the South West News Service.

The book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" / Photo: Richard Winterton Auctioneers / SWNS

As with Harry Potter at the beginning of the beloved series, Wolverhampton library staff were unaware of its magical properties and thought it was too damaged for people to take and decided to sell it instead.

The buyer appreciated the value of the book by buying it for less than a dollar and hiding the houses in a box. However, it is believed that the unnamed man lost the novel when his collection became too large, according to SWNS.

J.K. Rowling's book was forgotten until her husband died earlier this year at the age of 55, when family members rediscovered the rare book.

"When he moved four years ago, he literally put everything in hundreds of boxes, many of which went to containers," said the sister of the man, who asked not to be named. "We knew he had a book, but if you asked him to identify accurately, he wouldn't be able to."

The book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" / Photo: Richard Winterton Auctioneers / SWNS

According to the woman, the man collected books and memorabilia all his life.

"He would go to messy sales and church fairs and come back with a bunch of yearbooks or comics," she recalled. "He would then take them to an old stuff store in Hednesford to sell or take them to school to exchange with friends," she said.

Experts believe that this well-read novel will provoke on July 10 at the auction of Richard Winterton antiques war, the cost of which is estimated from 3800 to 6300 dollars.

The book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" / Photo: Richard Winterton Auctioneers / SWNS

"What an amazing find. Seized and thrown out of the library, bought for about 38 US cents and now cost thousands of dollars, "said auctioneer Richard Winterton. "The book still has a library ID, a spine sticker with the letter J, a subsequent seizure stamp and a sale price of 30 pence," he continued. "It was clearly a good read, which is most suitable for one of the first books that contributed to Potter's early popularity, which of course quickly turned into a global phenomenon."

Recall, the 56-year-old millionaire for the 27th time failed the entrance exam to the university. He admitted that he would try again next year.

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