Book hand-written and illustrated by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling up for sale

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The book is displayed at Sotheby's auction house in London.
The book is displayed at Sotheby's auction house in London.PHOTO: REUTERS
The book is displayed at Sotheby's auction house in London.
The book is displayed at Sotheby's auction house in London.PHOTO: REUTERS
The book is displayed at Sotheby's auction house in London.
The book is displayed at Sotheby's auction house in London.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Harry Potter fans will be able to bid for a piece of history next week when a book designed, hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling goes on sale at Sotheby's auction house in London.

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is one of six copies the author produced to give as gifts to those who helped bring the story of the boy wizard to life, and is seen fetching £300,000 to £500,000 (S$500,000 to S$900,000) at Tuesday's sale.

A seventh copy was produced for a 2007 auction to raise money for the author's charity, Lumos, raising £1.95 million.

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is a volume of five wizarding fairy tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

The manuscript being offered for sale was presented to editor Barry Cunningham who signed Rowling and published her magical debut Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and contains a personal dedication from Rowling.

"This one has an inscription to Barry, thanking him," said Sotheby's books and manuscripts specialist Philip Errington.

"It says, 'To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell', which is a lovely little insight into the role of author and editor."

Bound in brown Moroccan leather, the copy is adorned with silver ornaments with a skull in the centre and has seven mounted rhodochrosite stones, according to Sotheby's.