Not many people read The Cuckoo’s Calling before word leaked out over the weekend that author Robert Galbraith was, in fact, J.K. Rowling. But a handful who did, managed to get a signed copy…

And that could mean a lot of money.

Rowling spokesperson Nicky Stonehill told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Rowling, the ‘Harry Potter’ author, signed a few copies of her detective novel as ‘Robert Galbraith’.

Bids for a first edition signed as Galbraith have topped R9 000,00 on eBay. Stonehill declined to comment on how any reader obtained a signed copy.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling was published quietly in April and is now No. 1 on, and publisher Little, Brown and Company has commissioned a new printing of 300 000 copies.

Author: SAPA