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Rare Potter novel to fetch 15k
Toby Rundle and the book
Only around 500 copies were printed
A student is planning to sell a rare first edition of a Harry Potter book in order to fund his university degree.

Toby Rundle, 19, from Somerset, was sent the hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by his mother while he was at boarding school.

The book - one of only around 500 printed - will be auctioned in Cirencester. It is expected to fetch up to 15,000.

Mr Rundle said: "It will cancel half my loan straight away."

10.99 cover price

The teenager will be studying Classical English at Oxford University from September.

Chris Albury, from Dominic Winter auctioneers, added: "Most of these first editions went into libraries.

"The amount that went into book shops is probably less than 100."

The book was printed in 1997 and has a cover price of 10.99.

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