J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” Chair Sells for $394K

J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” Chair Sells for $394K

An oak chair owned by world-famous author J.K. Rowling of the “Harry Potter” series was sold at an auction for $394,000 on April 6. It was not just an ordinary as Rowling explained that she wrote the first two books in the series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” while sitting on the chair.

The new owner of the chair, who chose to remain anonymous, will get a signed letter from J.K. Rowling herself through “Owl Post.”

J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” Chair Sells for $394K

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Photo: Daniel Orgen

In a report by CNBC, the author's letter reads like this: "Dear new-owner-of-my-chair, I was given four mismatched dining room chairs in 1995 and this was the comfiest one, which is why it ended up stationed permanently in front of my typewriter, supporting me while I typed out 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'. My nostalgic side is quite sad to see it go, but my back isn't."

Before the sale conducted by Heritage Auctions, the chair had been auctioned twice. The magical chair was first donated by Rowling in 2002 to the "Chair-ish a Child" auction. It sold for $21,000. In 2009, Gerald Gray, the chief executive of AutoKontrol USA paid roughly $29,000 for the chair.

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