J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter writing chair sells for £278,000 at auction
Published 06/04/2016 | 20:01
A 1930s-era oak chair that J.K. Rowling used while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series has sold for 394,000 US dollars (£278,000).
Heritage Auctions held the sale on Wednesday in New York.
The chair was one of four mismatched chairs given to the then little-known writer for her flat in Edinburgh. Seated in it, she wrote Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets.
The chair was auctioned twice before - once by J. K. Rowling to benefit charity.
Before she donated the chair, she painted on it: "You may not/find me pretty/but don't judge/on what you see."
She also wrote: "I wrote/Harry Potter/while sitting/on this chair."
The seller is donating 10% of the purchase from the anonymous private buyer to J. K. Rowling's children's charity.
The seller, Gerald Gray, of Worsley, Greater Manchester, said the winning bid far exceeded his expectations.
"I plan to donate 10% to J.K. Rowling's charity, Lumos, because that's what she did in the first place," said Mr Gray, a businessman who runs a vehicle speed control equipment company in Manchester, and in Sarasota, Florida, called AutoKontrol.
He said he would like to see the new buyer display it somewhere where children could see it, perhaps in a museum or theme park.
He bought the chair in 2009 after his daughter, a Harry Potter fan, saw it on eBay.