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  JK's dad sells rare Potter books
Updated 10 December 2003, 19.17
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
JK Rowling's dad is cashing in on his daughter's success by selling rare first editions of the Harry Potter books which she signed for him.

Peter Rowling auctioned seven signed books at Sotheby's in New York on Wednesday, but only sold four of them.

A first edition of Goblet of Fire, which was signed: "Lots of love from your first born", with nine kisses, raised nearly $30,000 (17,209).

Rowling was expecting to get a maximum of $120,000 (69,000) from the sale.

JK Rowling
JK wrote special messages for her dad
In one book, JK explained who Ron Weasley was based upon, and in another she had circled the edition number, remarking: "1st edition, I got one!"

In one of the books, JK wrote "To Jan and Dad, with lots of love, Jo."

JK's dad has not said why he has sold the books.

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