JKR reading 'Beedle the Bard'
JKR reading 'Beedle the Bard'

Update: 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' sells for $3.98 million

  December 13, 2007 at 9:05 AM ET
  Geri     CBBC Newsround
  j.k. rowling, jo rowling, jkr, tales of the beedle the bard, the children's voice charity

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's latest book, Tales of the Beedle the Bard, soldopens in new window this morning at Sotheby's for £1,950,000 ($3,980,128.89).

JK watched the event via the internet and said:

I'm stunned and ecstatic. This will mean so much to the children desperately in need of help. It means Christmas has come early for me.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit The Children's Voiceopens in new window charity.

UPDATE: You can now view a videoopens in new window interview with JKR in which she discusses, ever so briefly, what she may do next.

UPDATE II: We now knowopens in new window that Amazon purchased the book and they have updated their web site with a press releaseopens in new window:

Even before establishing her charity, J.K. Rowling had done the world a rare and immeasurably valuable service--enlarging forever our concept of the way books can touch people--and in particular children--in modern times. When we deliver Harry Potter, kids are camped out at the post box, and the drivers get hugs.


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