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This Rare Harry Potter Book Found In Dumpster Sells For P2 Million

An intense auction battle for the book ensued.
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A rare first edition hardbound of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was found in a dumpster and sold for 33,000 British pounds, which is a little more than P2,000,000 at an auction based in Derbyshire, England.

According to the BBC, the teacher found the books in a dumpster outside school while cleaning up its library.

The exceedingly rare book only had 500 printed copies when it was first released in 1997, but fewer copies now exist in the world. The book was discovered by a teacher 12 years ago, along with two paperback first editions. Jim Spencer, a book expert, described the first edition hardbound as “the Holy Grail” for collectors.

Generally, all first editions of the Philosopher’s Stone are highly prized collector’s items, with copies selling for very high prices. Even the paperbacks, which are not in mint condition when they were found by the teacher, fetched for 3,400 and 3,000 pounds each, which is P18,000 to P21,000.

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Hansons Auctioneers, the company who handled the auction for the Harry Potter books, revealed there was a “a tense auction battle” that ensued when the book went under the gavel.

“It was marvelous to see the Harry Potter books do so well and spark such intense bidding,” said the anonymous seller.

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This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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