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Friday 21 December 2007

Auction of 'the Tales of Beedle the Bard'

As you may already know, the seventh copy of 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' raised a staggering £1.95 million at auction, which will be donated to the Children's Voice campaign (see Links).

It is fortunate that nobody was filming my reaction while the bids climbed higher and higher. Fiddy, Angela, Christine and I were sitting around Fiddy's laptop in our office (the aforementioned being my PA and the invaluable assistants who deal with the postbag), watching a live link to Sotheby's. Once the amount hit a million, I kept swearing loudly with every successive bid, and when we reached the final amount, the air turned a lovely shade of blue...

I am delighted that Amazon bought the book, and would like to thank them for their huge generosity, which will help the Children's Voice reach many, many more institutionalised children. I am also thrilled to think that the moonstone Beedle will not be mouldering alone in a vault, but will be setting off on a tour of children's libraries. Taken all in all, I could not have wished for a better outcome!

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