Rowling's Harry Potter Chair Conjures Up £278k

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:03 AM

The oak chair was sold by a man from Greater Manchester whose daughter spotted it for sale on eBay in two thousand-ninth.

Rowling's Harry Potter Chair Conjures Up £278k

A chair JK Rowling sat on while penning her first two Harry Potter books has sold for £278.000.

The one thousand nine hundred thirty oak chair was one of four chairs donated to the then unknown writer for her council flat in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1995.

She wrote Harry Potter And The Philosopher'south Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets while sat on it.

It was bought by an anonymous private buyer for $394.000 (£278.000) at the Heritage Auctions sale in NY on Wednesday.

The seller, Gerald Gray, from Worsley, Greater Manchester, said the sum was much higher than he'd hoped for.

"I map to donate ten percent to JK Rowling'south charity, Lumos, because that'south what she did in the first place," he said.

He bought the chair in two thousand-ninth after his daughter, a Harry Potter fan, saw it on eBay.

The chair has been auctioned twice before - once by Rowling in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Before she donated it to the Chair-ish a Baby auction in two thousand-second, she painted on it: "You may not discover me pretty, but don't judge on what you see.

"I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair."

The chair is accompanied by a signed letter "by Owl Post" describing its history.

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