Signed Harry Potter Books Charity AuctionCharity
There is currently a charity auction underway on eBay, which is auctioning off several Harry Potter books, all of which signed by J. K. Rowling and some that include an illustration from Mary GrandPre. This charity auction is being run by a young man from Florida, who, as readers may recall has used the auctioning of signed Harry Potter books for the benefit of charity in the past. The press release for the charity auction is as follows:
Teens Auction Rare, One-Off Harry Potter Books for Charity When Potter Park Opens
SARASOTA, FL , June 17, 2010 – When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Orlando on Friday, June 18, 2010, three high school seniors will be spreading some of the magic in their community by auctioning off four unique Harry Potter fan packages on eBay to benefit a charity, Project Bangladesh . Project Bangladesh is the brainchild of Laurabeth Goldsmith, 18, who was recognized by her community as Student Volunteer of the Year, the highest honor that community-conscious students can receive. The charity’s mission is to build a school, a library, and a computer lab for needy children in Bangladesh . Although the construction of the school is nearly complete, the Harry Potter auction will raise funds for the library and the computer lab. The auction packages will consist of four signed Harry Potter books donated by Shelby Hill, 18, who acquired them when she won a contest to meet J.K. Rowling back in 2000. Three of the books will also include a unique Harry Potter sketch by illustrator Mary GrandPre . Altogether, the books are valued at around $15,000, most notably due to a rare Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Collector’s Edition (First Edition), a gift which was given to Shelby by Rowling herself when they met. The auction will be conducted with the help of Daniel Ortiz, 18, who has had experience auctioning a Harry Potter book in the past to the tune of $5,413 for a couple of his favorite charities.
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Each of the four Harry Potter books will come with a handcrafted wand donated by Merlin’s Realm (www.merlinsrealm.com) in Manitou Springs, Colorado.