Chair Used by J. K. Rowling Sells for 20,000 Pounds at Charity Auction
July 28, 2009, 02:22 PM
Recently, TLC reported that a chair used by author J. K. Rowling while she wrote the first two Harry Potter novels went up for a charity auction benefiting the Books Abroad charity which sends free school books to impoverished countries. The Scotsman is now reporting that the auction has ended, with the chair being sold for a winning bid of 20,000 Pounds ($33,900). Matthew Ford, the art dealer organizing the sale, is quoted as saying of the auction of this particular chair:
"It's a chair you would pay a tenner for in a junk shop but, historically, it's the most important chair in Muggledom, and probably one of the most exceptional and rare pieces of Harry Potter memorabilia ever likely to be offered for sale."
It’s neat that it sold for so much money … but, not entirely surprizing because, not only did JKR sit on the chair which in itself would be a major fact but, she wrote the Potterverse while sitting on that chair. So it’s a totally historic chair now. And she decorated it so, it sure is one special chair. If I owned it (which I hastily point out that I dont … alas) I’m not sure that I’d dare to sit on it. I wonder if the person that bought the chair will use it or keep it as an artefact?
I’m imaging an awful Goldilocks and the Three Bears situation, in which the chair erm suffers. Oh me and my imagination. If I had a chair that could be that helpful to charity that’d be great. There’s always the slim possibility I have a valuable antique chair lying around somewhere, but somehow I doubt it.
While I love that she donated such a great pop culture item, I am wondering why someone would pay that much money for a chair. I love her, don’t get me wrong, and I also got a kick out of the guy saying Muggledom, but that is kind of weird. Bless her for donating it to charity.