Rare Harry Potter book featuring star Daniel Radcliffe’s FIRST autograph, aged 11, (along with those of 12 of his co-stars) goes under the hammer
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone owned by Verity Collins, 33
- She was an extra in the 2001 film while undergoing treatment for leukemia
- Radcliffe signed book and said ‘this is the first time I have been asked’
- Ms Collins also got signatures from Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Robbie Coltrane
A rare Harry Potter book which contains Daniel Radcliffe’s very first autograph, signed when he was just 11 years old, is set to go under the hammer with a ‘very conservative estimate’ of £300-£500.
Verity Collins, 33, gathered 13 signatures from the star cast while an extra during the filming of the Philosopher’s Stone in Goathland, North Yorkshire, almost 19 years ago.
Ms Collins, who was then 15, approached Daniel Radcliffe, who was sitting alone in the marquee, and asked him to sign her hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
A rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone containing Daniel Radcliffe’s very first autograph, signed when he was just 11-years-old, is set to go on sale. The book also features the signatures of other cast members Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Robbie Coltrane
The actor, who was playing the lead role at 11-years-old, responded by telling her that it was the first time he had been asked to sign anything.
Ms Collins, who was undergoing chemotherapy for Leukaemia at the time, also got a signature from Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, Emma Watson, playing Hermione Grainger, and Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy.
Daniel Radcliffe shot to worldwide fame after playing Harry Potter in the film franchise, but when Ms Collins asked for his signature, he meekly replied, ‘this is the first time anyone has asked me’
Her book was also signed by Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, despite him rarely giving out autographs.
He offered to sign it after learning of her cancer treatment.
Her mother Valerie Rudd, 59, who is selling the book on her daughter’s behalf, said:
Verity Collins gathered 13 signatures from the star cast while playing an extra during the filming of the Philosopher’s stone in Goathland, North Yorkshire, almost 19 years ago
‘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.
‘I think the book got her through her treatment, she was really in to it.
‘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.
‘The fact she was picked as an extra was so uplifting and exciting for her.
‘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.
Ms Collins was receiving chemotherapy for Leukaemia when she played the role of an extra in the first Harry Potter film in October 2000
‘She said she remembers chatting about how exciting it was being in the film.
‘She had a book with her so she asked him to sign it. He wrote ‘best wishes’ and signed it.
‘He said it was the first time anyone had asked him for an autograph.’
During filming, Ms Collins also got autographs from director Chris Columbus, who wrote ‘Believe in magic’, and managing director of Warner Bros Productions Roy Button OBE.
Due to her treatment, she also received a special invitation from the director to visit the Warner Bros Studio, before it was open to the public.
The hardback book will now be sold at Vectis Auctions Ltd in Stockton-on-Tees.
Radcliffe’s co-stars – Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson, who played Hermione – also signed Ms Collins’s book
It will be sold alongside the letter of invite signed by Roy Button, cast sheet documents and other filming information Ms Collins was given.
Her payslip and photographs of her in the Hogswarts uniform complete the collection.
Valerie, a special needs teaching assistant from Redcar, Cleveland, 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.
‘It was so nice to see her happy after what she’d been through.
‘I’m excited, I hope it does well.’
Ms Collins, who was given the all-clear, now lives in Somerset and runs her own homemade jewellery business.
Robbie Coltrane (pictured above with other cast members on set in 2000) who does not normally sign his autograph, also added his signature to Ms Collins’ book
She is hoping the items will sell for a price that will help her move south.
Joanne McDonald, marketing manager for Vectis Auctions, said: ‘Vectis Auctions
are extremely honoured to be able to honour such an interesting and unique lot, with such outstanding provenance.
‘We are sure that this will be of interest to Harry Potter fans worldwide.
‘What is unique about it is it’s the first item we know of that Daniel Radcliffe signed. At the time it was the first film and he was just starting out.
‘We didn’t know the circumstances of what was going to arise.
‘He told the vendor “this is the first time anyone has asked me”. That’s the first confirmed signature that Daniel Radcliffe made.
‘Also Robbie Coltrane doesn’t sign many autographs at all, but because of the circumstances and the fact the vendor was undergoing treatment for cancer, he offered to sign it for her.’
Ms Mcdonald added: ‘Nothing like this has been sold before so it is a very conservative estimate.’