Potter book fetches $8,000

— A Harry Potter fan has paid $8,000 for a signed copy of the latest, unreleased installment of the boy wizard's adventures.

The winner of the online auction Thursday took home nothing -- the book he or she won is yet to be printed, let alone signed by author J.K. Rowling.

The British charity group Sense sparked frenzied bidding when it announced the sale of a copy of the long-awaited "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth book in the series.

Bids for the book, due out on June 21, started at $1.60 when the auction kicked off more than a week ago before jumping to the closing price.

"We hoped to raise as much money as possible from the auction but the $8,000 bid has exceeded all our expectations," said Paul Amadi, a spokesman for Sense, which aids the deaf and blind.

The four previous Harry Potter novels have worldwide sales of more than 190 million and many readers already have ordered copies of the new book through retailers.


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