DO you have £50,000 lurking in your loft?
An antique book expert has shared his list of the 20 most valuable titles, and they include a host of well-known children’s classics such as Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh.
sourced 6 A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone could net you £50k
Matthew Haley, director and head of books and manuscripts at auction house Bonhams, revealed a first edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone could have an estimated value of £50,000.
But it must be a hardback and have the numbers 10 to one printed on the title page.
The second most valuable book on the list is a first edition of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, which can fetch up to £40,000.
It must be in a perfect condition and have a typo on the back, which has been corrected by hand.
sourced 6 The Hobbit, in perfect condition and with a typo corrected by hand on the back, is worth £40k
sourced 6 This Beatrix Potter classic is worth in the region of £35k – but first editions are hard to spot
Alamy 6 An illustrated version of Peter Pan is worth an estimated £2.5k
The list, which was conducted by loveantiques.com, also features work by Beatrix Potter, Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens, plus poetry collections.
Matthew said first editions, or a full set of volumes, can command the highest prices, as well as those that were manufactured as a one-off.
If the book is damaged in any way, such as a battered spine or missing title page, the value will decrease.
Matthew says it’s a good idea to keep books in dust jackets – and most 20th century books need to have their original dust-jacket to be of collectable value.
sourced 6 In perfect condition, this Dickens classic is estimated to be worth £15k
sourced 6 A series of four Winnie The Pooh books are worth between £4k and £10k
He commented: “Searching your bookshelves for treasures can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but in every auction, we have sellers who are stunned by how much their old books make.
“If you have an extremely old, rare or a book similar to the ones on this list, which is in good condition, you really could be looking at a small fortune.”