Harry Potter chair goes under the hammer

Don't worry, not a literal hammer, but J. K. Rowling's famous seat is up for auction today

Lost for writing inspiration? We’re sure you won’t be short of a spell or two in this chair.

J. K. Rowling’s seat, in which she sat for many hours, penning the successful Harry Potter series goes under the hammer today.

Taking place in New York, the auction is part of the Heritage Auction’s rare book event where attendees can expect to bid for once-in-a-lifetime steals including first editions, rare written works and special illustrations.

Listed by the auction house as one of the top five collectables in Muggledom, it is hard to imagine this simple chair was handed down to Rowling whilst she was furnishing her council flat in 1995.

Rowling’s humble beginnings are firmly in the past, as she is said to now have a higher disposable income than the Queen, becoming the first female billionaire in her own right and having written the most successful book series of all time. And this chair was the place she sat to write the first two books of the incredibly popular series.

So, what can you expect from this near-priceless chair?
Well, a pretty basic wooden frame that wouldn’t look out of place in the Weasley’s residence, to be honest…

Four simple wooden legs support a hessian seat cover illustrated with a discoloured rose.

But Rowling’s own handy-work updates the dated 1950s dining chair. Across the legs, back and perimeter of the seat Rowling’s paintwork reads ‘I wrote Harry Potter whilst sitting on this chair’ and of course a reference to everyone’s favourite house – ‘Gryffindor’.

The chair was first donated by Rowling at a fundraiser in 2002 before being sold in 2009, so this
really is a rare opportunity to own a piece of magic.

The seat also comes with a framed note from Rowling, sent by owl post naturally, in which she addresses the ‘new-owner-of-my-chair’ before noting she is ‘quite sad to see it go’ and signs off with her infamous signature.

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