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  Harry Potter book cover fails to sell
Updated 07 December 2001, 10.07

Is the Harry Potter bubble bursting?

The original paintings used on the UK cover of the second Harry Potter book failed to sell at an auction on Thursday because no one was prepared to pay enough money.

It was thought that the original design for the front cover would go for 30,000 - but it remained unsold.

Two other watercolours did sell, but only for their minimum asking price.

The back cover went for 4,700 and a painting of the Ford Anglia went for 14,100.

Fierce bidding - pah!

Harry Potter lookalike David Parry with the artwork
Harry Potter lookalike David Parry with the artwork
The three watercolours by artist Cliff Wright were being sold at Christie's.

Beforehand, the Christie's book illustration specialist, was "excited" about a fierce bidding battle.

Hayden Pyle said: "In terms of Harry Potter book covers, only one has come up for sale so far.

"That was the cover of the first book, which made more than 85,000."

But in the end, he was proved wrong, and the cover remained unsold.

The two paintings which did sell went to an antique booksellers in London - who is expected to sell them on to a British collector.

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