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We'd all have absolutely lost the run of ourselves if Daniel Radcliffe had signed our Harry Potter books when we were kids (we'd still die if it happened today, to be honest).

A book believed to contain the actor's first ever autograph on a Harry Potter book has just been sold for €2,900, and one lucky person now has a slice of cultural history.

Radcliffe was just 11-years-old when he allegedly signed the hardback during filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in North Yorkshire in 2000.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The book's owner was an extra in the film, and was the first person to request his signature. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint also signed the book, which was auctioned by Teesside-based Vectis.

Vectis claim the book's owner asked the actor to sign the now-iconic novel as he sat in a marquee on set at Goathland on the first day of filming. The North Yorkshire village appears in the film as Hogsmeade.

He wrote on Verity Collins' novel: "To Verity, best wishes Daniel Radcliffe."

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The actor who portrayed Hagrid in the franchise, Robbie Coltrane, also wrote his autograph on the novel while the film's director, Chris Columbus, wrote "Believe in magic".

The novel's owner, Verity Collins, was having chemotherapy to treat leukaemia. Collins' mother, Valerie Rudd, is selling the book on her behalf. 

Rudd, who is selling the book on Verity's behalf, said: "She loved her time there. We would have even paid for her to be an extra. She was a big fan of the books.

“When Verity was 13 she was spending lots of time in the hospital and she’d read the books while she was there. I started reading the first one in the hospital with her."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her mother continued explaining the story of Verity's part in the movie;

"So when we found out they were advertising for extras for the film we applied straight away, and even though she was having her treatment she was allowed to do it.

“She was about 15 at the time and he would have been about 11. She was with a group of extras, saw Daniel Radcliffe sitting by himself and felt sorry for him so she went and talked to him," Rudd continued.

The book, which has 13 signatures, was the first item Radcliffe had ever been asked to sign; "He said it was the first time anyone had asked him for an autograph."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Verity also received a special invitation from director Chris Columbus to visit the Warner Bros Studio, before it was open to public.

Her mum said: “She had the most marvellous time.

“Although she was going through her treatment, it was just such a wonderful time for her to be an extra in her favourite book and then to be invited down to see the studio."

33-year-old Verity now lives in Somerset, and was given the all-clear from the illness. She opened her own homemade jewellery business and is hoping the book's sale will allow her to move South.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kathy Taylor, a representative from Vectis, said the book had smashed its "conservative" €500 estimate; "It's such a lovely story. It's always difficult to gauge the price when something is unique."

"The seller, who now lives in the south, has great memories of her time on the film and the way the cast treated her during a difficult time while she was ill but her mum said recently it had been sitting in a drawer," she added.

"It became apparent when we promoted the sale on social media it was likely to have been signed on the first day of filming on what was the first Harry Potter film, with actor Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley, confirming he had signed the book as well."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Photos of Verity wearing a Hogwarts uniform, cast documents and her invitation to Warner Bros Studios to tour the sets from the film were also sold.

The buyer will also pay a 25 percent commission on the €2,900, meaning the total earned from the sale is €3,628. Not bad, not bad at all.

We probably would have kept all of these incredible memorabilia, but each to their own.

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It may be almost 20 years (stop, we know) since the first Harry Potter book was published, but we're still desperately clinging onto hope that our Hogwarts letter got lost in the post. 

Clearly, someone else feels the same way, as Harry's Hogwarts letter from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was up for auction and sold for an absolute fortune. 

'The hero envelope features a real red-wax Hogwarts seal, unlike the many entirely printed versions that were also used in the scene,' reads the description.

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While the letter prop was originally estimated to go for up to €5,000, the final bid was actually more in line with the cost of a Muggle education. 

The letter sold at the auction for a whopping £30,000, or €33,807. Casual.

That's a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, but we guess it's worth it for a wizarding education.

 The Prop Store Auction was also selling a number of other HP items, including Ron Weasley's iconic Howler sent to him by Mrs Weasley in the second film. 

The lot closed with a bid of £7,500, or €8453. 

If you are a Harry Potter mega fan with the cash to spare, we're sure it's worth it to own your own piece of Hogwarts history. 

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Okay, so it may be almost 20 years (stop, we know) since the first Harry Potter book was published, but we're still desperately clinging onto hope that our Hogwarts letter got lost in the post. 

It's safe to say that the books bewitched the minds and ensnared the senses of millions of readers, and wizarding world rituals, like getting a Hogwarts acceptance letter, are dear to our hearts. 

By the time the HP film series came out, translating years of our imaginary wizarding world into bold cinematic visuals, we were already hooked. 

So imagine our delight when we heard that Harry's very own Hogwarts letter, as in the actual film prop, was going up for auction.

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'The hero envelope features a real red-wax Hogwarts seal, unlike the many entirely printed versions that were also used in the scene,' reads the description.

'The envelope remains sealed with a letter seemingly contained within.'

'The envelope is in excellent condition; the wax seal has cracked and two small fragments are missing, but the Hogwarts crest is still clearly identifiable.'

The prop is expected to fetch between £3,000 – £5,000 at auction. 

If you were more of a Weasley fan, then you're also in luck.

Other props from the films that will be up for auction include Ron Weasley's iconic Howler. 

'Ronald Weasley! How dare you steal that car…' still gives us shivers. 

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In the week leading up to pay day, many of us look back of on a months worth of reckless purchases with deep regret and loud sighs.

However, the next time you feel like cringing over that €25.00 JustEat order you made last weekend, just remember that an actual human being spent close to $30,000 of their hard earned cash on a framed sketch by Donald Trump.

Yep.

A (very) amateur drawing of the New York City skyline, crafted by none other then the President himself, sold at auction for an obscene amount of money today.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, California, set the starting bid at $9,000, however after 11 bids the 11.5 by 9 inch piece sold for $29,184.

In an official email to The Washington Post, the auction house described the bidders as “Trump admirers, Presidential memorabilia collectors and investors.”

Excuse while we crawl into bed and contemplate the complexity of humankind.

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Most of us would feel truly flattered to be included in a friend's bridal party, right?

The role of bridesmaid indicates a deep friendship, and while we'd be honoured to stand next to our friend on her wedding day, we'd be reluctant to bid money in order to secure the role.

However, it sounds like that's exactly what some women will be doing if a recent thread on Reddit is anything to go by.

In a post which has stunned internet users, a woman has taken to the site to reveal that her sister has made the decision to hold an auction where the women in her life can bid money to take on the role of bridesmaid.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, the bride-to-be and her fiancé will be using the money to pay for their wedding and subsequent honeymoon.

"She still hasn't chosen her bridesmaids. Instead, she has sent out dozens of invitations, to various girls," wrote sistersbridesmaids. "It's an invite to attend and participate in a 'bidding auction: on the six spots in her bridal party."

"Whichever six of all these chicks bid the most will be the bridesmaids. There's also an auction for being her maid of honour," she continued.

"My sister is kind of shallow (bet you'd never have guessed, right?) and mainly only associates with rich people, or more accurately people with rich families since none of these young 20s girls have ever held a job in their life unless it's at their parents' investment firm."

"So most of the people she sent these to have the money for this kind of thing," the Reddit user explained before highlighting that this is by no means typical across her entire friend group.

"But I know she also sent a few to older friends of hers, like from high school or earlier, who she's not only lost touch with as they got older but also were from lower income backgrounds. She has no awareness about how inappropriate it is in many ways."

Sisterbridesmaid explained that she has refused to RSVP to the event, before being offered advice by members of the public.

"If being your sister is not enough reason for me to automatically be in your bridal party, I'm not interested. Have fun playing games with your friends, Sis," wrote one.

"Your sister is a nutter. If the pre-wedding shenanigans are at this level of idiocy, you can bet it'll be hideous for anyone who is 'lucky' enough to purchase themselves a spot," opined another.

"Maybe bid the equivalent value of a toaster, and let the others battle it out amongst themselves."

They're probably onto something.

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When it comes to Harry Potter merchandise, the sky's the limit for some people.

And nowhere was this more evident than during a recent auction which saw a first edition Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone go for a staggering £43,750.

While those in the know at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Sale estimated the book might go for between £15,000 and £20,000, it exceeded all expectations after a series of what has been described as "intense bidding".

"This was an exceptional price for a much-loved modern classic," senior specialist Simon Roberts said following the astronomical deal.

“The book was in excellent condition which added to its appeal for collectors and I am not surprised that it attracted so much interest and such intense bidding.”

According to reports, the first edition, which hit shelves in June 1997, went to a London-based businessman.
 

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From The Notebook’s Noah and Allie to Titanic’s Jack and Rose, if Hollywood’s good for anything, it’s producing fantasy worthy relationships.

Since Twilight has become the unlikely love story of the millennial generation, it’s no surprise that fans of the franchise are obsessed with each and every detail of Bella and Edward’s wedding.

From November 19 to 20, an extensive Twilight themed auction will be held online which will allow fans to bid on the original props, costumes and set decoration pieces used to bring the vampire saga to life.

Among the 900 items being sold by Prop Store and Summit Entertainment is Bella Swan’s wedding hair pin and sizeable engagement ring.

Since replicas of the ring have sold almost €1,500, it is expected that the real deal will go for twice that sum.

For the truly obsessed, Bella and Edward’s wedding costumes will also be sold in both their clean and blood-stained forms, as will her bridal bouquet and New Moon bracelets.

 

Anyone up for a Twilight wedding?

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If you were a fan of Twilight, then you'll probably remember the moment you first saw Bella's wedding dress.

It was legit the dress of dreams, and came on the scene just before backless dresses became popular.

Well, now it could be yours.

This November will mark eight years since the Twilight films first hit cinema screens (yep, that long) and true Twilight fans can celebrate by owning a piece from the film franchise.

With over 900 props and costumes from the movies, Prop Store and Summit Entertainment have teamed up to sell all the pieces in only two days.

The Caolina Herrera-designed wedding gown will go on sale on November 19 and 20 in Hollywood, but you can also check out the auction's website here.

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We apologise in advance for breaking the hearts of any die-hard film fans out there but unfortunately they will have to strike at least one piece of Hollywood memorabilia from their list.

The dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz sold for just under €1.5m at an auction in New York on Monday. 

The blue and white gingham dress, one of ten thought to have been made for the actress in her role as Dorothy, was among the top items in the Bonham’s and Turner Classic Movies Hollywood memorabilia auction.

On their website the auction house described the costume as: 

"A short cream-colored cotton blouse with a high neck, pale blue rickrack trim at the cuffs and neck, hook-and-eye and snap closure at the back, reinforced shoulders, and a bias label inscribed, 'Judy Garland / 4461'.

The dress even has sweat stains around the neck but is otherwise in "good condition". 

It had been expected that bidding for the dress would reach up to €1.2m, but clearly sweat was not an issue for one lucky millionaire.

 

A year ago, the Cowardly Lion costume worn by actor Bert Lahr in the same film sold for almost €3m at a Bonham’s auction.

We are assuming that the substantial price difference possibly had something to do with no mention of body odour in the lion costume description. 

The most expensive item of movie memorabilia clothing was Marilyn Monroe’s ivory pleated “Subway” dress from the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch.

The dress sold at auction in California in 2011 for €5.2m 

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Pianos, guitars, masks, clothing and… em, fake teeth, were among the items being auctioned at the Idols & Icons: Rock and Roll Auction in LA last weekend. 

The collection of ridiculously-rare items were collected by Julien's Auctions, 'the auction house to the stars.'

The teeth up for grabs were worn by Michael Jackson in Thriller and the instruments were among those used by John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Elvis Presley and Nancy Wilson.

There was also the mask that Lady Gaga wore in her Bad Romance video. 

But most notable, was Kurt Cobain's cardigan, worn in the 1993 MTV Unplugged performance that won a bid of more than €128,000.

The green mohair cardigan is an item that many fans say defined Kurt as he wore it during one of Nirvana's best live shows. The Grammy-winning performance was one of the band's final performances before Kurt's tragic suicide in 1994. 

Other major bids on the weekend included John Lennon's acoustic Gibson J-160E quitar, that sold for €2.2m. three times the estimated bid.

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She was beautiful, glamorous and adored by a nation – but that didn’t stop Jackie Kennedy despairing over her husband’s wandering eye.

In never-before-seen private letters from the First Lady to a Dublin-based priest, between 1950 and 1964, she compares President John F. Kennedy’s womanising ways to that of her own dad’s – who was also called John!

In one of her earlier letters to Fr Joseph Leonard, she says,  “He’s like my father in a way – loves the chase and is bored with the conquest – and once married needs proof he’s still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy.”

The very charismatic JFK was rumoured to have had affair with blonde bombshell actress Marilyn Monroe while he was President.

In 1953, the year she married JFK, she wrote, “Maybe I’m just dazzled and picture myself in a glittering world of crowned heads and Men of Destiny – and not just a sad little housewife …”

However, letters following JFK’s tragic assassination in 1963 reveal the extent of her heartbreak.

“I think God must have taken Jack to show the world how lost we would be without him,” she wrote.

The 33 letters will be auctioned at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co Laois, on June 10th.

The collective archive is expected to fetch over €1 million.

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Remember that Vivienne Westwood hat Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammys? Well, the Happy singer is auctioning it off and so far bidding has reached an incredible $10,500.

The eye-catching park ranger style headwear is being sold to raise money for the recording artist’s charity, From One Hand to AnOTHER, an organisation that helps deprived children with additional education resources.

The 40-year-old took to Twitter to let his fans know that it was up for grabs. He tweeted: “I’m auctioning off my hat from the Grammys to benefit From One Hand to AnOTHER #PharrellsHat @eBay”

The huge fedora, which was popular with the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z and Ariana Grande at the awards ceremony, appeared at the recent BRIT awards and the National Basketball Association All-Star game. Williams will even issue a letter of authenticity to the lucky owner so that you know it’s the real deal.

With only nine days left to bid, you might want to get your thinking caps on as to where you can raise that much cash.

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