Harry Potter cover art goes on sale for £20,000
Two original artworks by British painter Cliff Wright can be bidded for online
Fans of JK Rowling's hit Harry Potter series could soon become owners of some original cover art, with two ink, pencil and watercolour illustrations up for auction.
British artist Cliff Wright's paintings can be seen on the second and third books, 1998's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and 1999's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The first, with a starting price of $20,000 (£12,131), shows the boy wizard and his red-haired best friend Ron Weasley flying back to Hogwarts in a blue Ford Anglia, with Hedwig the owl in the backseat (above).
The other, smaller piece depicting Harry and Hermione riding Buckbeak the Hippogriff back through time to save Sirius Black from imprisonment, must sell for at least $12,500 (£7,813).
The third draft of Cliff Wright's cover art for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is up for auction Wright has described his artwork as "very simple". "To retain as much vitality as possible in the final watercolour painting, I only produce small-scale quick pencil/pen sketches as roughs," he said.
"Time is spend on character and composition but not yet on execution."
New covers for all seven Harry Potter novels are due to be revealed later this year when the franchise is republished. Jonny Duddle has designed the artworks having not seen the popular films.
Nate D Sanders auctioneers are holding the online sale, which ends on Thursday 27 March.
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