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J.K. Rowling’s chair up for auction

March 7, 2016

If you have some $45,000 to spend and you are willing some piece of Harry Potter history, here is your chance: J.K. Rowling’s chair is up for auction again.

We know the price might sound a little high but here is the thing: the chair isn’t any random chair taken from the author’s living room. It is the very chair J.K. Rowling sat in while writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Rowling acquired the 1930s oak dining chair in 1995 when she got her Edinburgh council flat. In 2002, she agreed to decorate and sign the chair so it could be part of an auction: Chair-ish a Child. It was sold for £15,000, given to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The chair then appeared on eBay a few years ago and got sold for £19,555.

The chair reads:

You might not find me pretty but don’t judge on what you see

and

I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair

with a few lightning bolts and the “Gryffindor” word.

Along with the chair will be a letter signed by J.K. Rowling at the time of the first auction, starting with “Dear new-owner-of-my-chair”.

The auction will be held by Heritage Auctions on April 6 in New York, and fans will get a chance to see the chair at Heritage Auctions’ gallery (445 Park Avenue) starting from mid-March.

Jo's chair - front

 

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