Posted on 04/26/2022 at 01:27 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Charlotte Brontë's little book of poems is off the table, but there's another hot auction item in the literary world.

The Guardian reports that the only known galley proof of J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book is headed to auction.

The papers are what would become proofread for the final time to become Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or the Sorcerer's Stone in the US).

It's expected to go for at least £20,000 ($25,000), while an autographed first edition of the actual book could surpass £25,000 ($31,000).

The sale takes place Thursday and includes other literary goodies that you can read about in the Guardian.

Not for sale, but also incredibly valuable: playwright Neil Simon's papers, which have been donated to the Library of Congress.

The Associated Press reports that the 7,700 items include dozens of notebooks, scripts, speeches, drafts of letters, artwork, and other memorabilia.

Simon was known for plays and screenplays including Barefoot in the ParkThe Sunshine Boys, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Lost in Yonkers.

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