Man's 'amazing' $3 Op Shop find could sell for hundreds

A Melbourne man has made an “amazing find” in an op shop which could be worth hundreds of dollars.

Dale Baker, 36, was checking out the DVD collection at a Salvos store in South Melbourne last week when he stumbled across a hard copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“Telling you I had a big smile would be an understatement,” Mr Baker told Yahoo News Australia.

“I knew it’d be worth a bit of money and it cost me $3.”

He believes his copy is worth $700.

An Australia first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone published in 1997. A Melbourne man found this copy in a Salvos store. It could be worth about $700.
Dale Baker found this copy of the first Harry Potter book in a Melbourne Salvos store recently for $3. It's believed to be one of the first Australian prints. Source: Facebook/ Dale Baker

According to AbeBooks, which sells new, used and rare books, Mr Baker’s purchase could be worth between $650-$850.

It’s not a first edition print from the UK, but according to its International Standard Book Number and a print line which reads, “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1” it’s an Australian first edition.

One is currently listed on eBay with a $700 price tag.

A UK first edition of the first Harry Potter book recently sold for more than $50,000.

The one at the end indicates it’s a first printing.

Mr Baker shared his find on Facebook where people called it “awesome”.

One woman called it a “great find”.

“Nice pickup. Well done. It may be worth even more later on as less of them are available,” another woman wrote.

Hansons Auctioneers of Jim Spencer with the first edition Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was purchased privately for more than $50,000.
This copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, a UK first edition, sold at auction for more than $50,000. Source: AAP

Another added they hope Mr Baker “laughs all the way to the bank”.

However, while one woman congratulated him on finding the book she added most of her appreciation was for what the Harry Potter books have done for her kids.

“I don't care about the value I care that Harry Potter has brought my kids closer together and enjoying reading,” she wrote.

Mr Baker said he plans on selling the book to put towards a holiday.

“I have a 2001 version I can read if I want,” he said.

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