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Harry Potter, the original drawing will go to auction

Giorgia Massari
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When young illustrator Thomas Taylor designed the cover for J.K. Rowling‘s new book, it was 1997 and the name Harry Potter was completely unknown. No one could have imagined a success of this caliber, least of all the author, who at the time was just starting out, as was Thomas Taylor, one of many budding artists. In short, this is the story that all up-and-coming artists would like, to find themselves in the right place and at the right time and make history. Twenty-seven years later, with a long and sensational career behind him — no doubt thanks to the success of the saga — Taylor is attending the auction of his original drawing of the first cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It is Sotheby’s that is organizing the sale to be held on June 26 in New York and, to put it bluntly, the estimate is between $400 and $600,000.

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Thomas Taylor, Illustrazione per Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale (1997). Per gentile concessione di Sotheby’s.

The uniqueness of this watercolor drawing surely lies in its history, which is random, unknowing, and therefore authentic. At the time Thomas Taylor was only 23 years old and working in a Cambridge bookstore, it was Barry Cunningham of Bloomsbury who entrusted him with this assignment, which at the time seemed like no big deal. An assignment like any other. Today, it is amazing to think that this young illustrator gave the first visual representation of the Harry Potter character, which would later serve as a model for all the declinations to follow, including the cinematic one we all know so well. Thus, Thomas Taylor can consider himself the father of this so incredibly universal image, obviously outlined verbatim by Rowling. At this point we just have to wait for the auction and see how much the lot will actually be sold for and by whom.

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Thomas Taylor, HP Illustration
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Written by Giorgia Massari
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