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Last Updated: Thursday December 13 2007 18:16 GMT

In pics: Potter book auctioned off

The Tales of Beedle the Bard being displayed

A hand-written book of short stories by JK Rowling about the world of Harry Potter has gone under the hammer to raise money for a children's charity.

People taking photos of the auction

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is mentioned in the final Potter book, but is one of only seven copies in the world. No wonder the auction attracted so much attention from the media.

A catalogue for the auction

JK gave the other six jewel-encrusted books to friends who supported her while she wrote the Potter series, so loads of people were desperate to get their hands on the last copy.

The auction in progress

Bidding on the book, which is covered with silver ornaments and seven moonstones, got off to a great start and the price quickly soared.

People bidding during the auction

People from all over the world took part in the auction by placing their bids over the phone, but who won?

A screen showing the highest bid at the end of the auction

The book was eventually snapped up by a picture dealership from London for a whopping 1,950,000, making it the most expensive children's book ever!



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