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A comic book collector in Dubai placed the winning bid -- $19,120 -- for a rare first edition of the first Harry Potter novel. The book, offered online last week by Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, is one of just 200 softcover copies that were originally printed mostly for schools and libraries, before the HP craze overtook the world. On the back cover of this particular copy is a card signed by J. K. Rowling herself. The auction house, which refused to release any information about the seller, estimated that the book would sell for $8,000 to $12,000. Last October, Heritage sold a similar first edition, but without Rowling's signature, for $10,755.

By Ron Charles |  March 10, 2009; 2:05 PM ET Ron Charles
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