LONDON (AFP) — A British charity has sold a complete set of Harry Potter books autographed by their author J.K. Rowling on e-Bay for 18,200 pounds (26,133 euros, 37,100 dollars), it said Sunday.
Bidding for the seven books on the online auction site closed at midnight (2300 GMT Saturday) after a starting offer of 100 pounds, Books Abroad development director Claire Newman told AFP.
Rowling's mother-in-law, Barbara Murray, works for the Scottish charity which supplies books to schools worldwide.
"The lot received 63 bids," Newman said, adding: "We don't have any specific use (for the money) in mind."
The identity of the purchaser of the series was not disclosed.
Rowling agreed to donate the books, which were stored in a local police station, as part of the charity's 25th anniversary celebrations.
The first in the boy wizard series, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," was published in 1997 and the final and seventh novel, "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows", hit English-language bookshops worldwide on July 21.
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