On the back of the New York Times' Sunday book review section is an ad for a 1997 first edition, early printing, of HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S SON, "boldly inscribed by J.K. Rowling." The price? $9,500.
Okay, first - the price made my eyes bulge.
But then I got to wondering, what does "boldly" mean in this context?
Did she press hard on the pen?
Did she say something like, "I will be the best-selling childrens' book author ever!"
Whatever "boldly" means here, I bet she never imagined that a single copy of her first published book would be selling for that amount twelve years later.