Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Harry Potter Chair Fetches a Magical Price ; SEAT USED BY JK ROWLING WHEN SHE WAS WRITING FIRST TWO IN SERIES OF BOOKS EARNS MAN Pounds 278,000 AT AUCTION

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Harry Potter Chair Fetches a Magical Price ; SEAT USED BY JK ROWLING WHEN SHE WAS WRITING FIRST TWO IN SERIES OF BOOKS EARNS MAN Pounds 278,000 AT AUCTION

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THE oak chair that JK Rowling used while writing the first two Harry Potter books has been sold by a Salford dad - for Pounds 278,000.

Gerald Gray, from Worsley, Salford, bought the chair in 2009 when his daughter, a Harry Potter fan, spotted it on eBay.

Rowling first sold the chair in 2002 during a charity auction.

At the time, she admitted she was sad to see it go after almost 20 years as it was the 'comfiest' of four mismatched dining room chairs at her former Edinburgh home.

Gerald - who runs a vehicle speed control equipment company - has now sold the 1930s chair to an anonymous private buyer following an auction in New York. He declined to say what he paid for it. He said the winning bid far exceeded his expectations and added that he would like to see the new buyer display it somewhere where children could see it, such as a museum or theme park.

He said: "I plan to donate 10 per cent to JK Rowling's charity, Lumos, because that's what she did in the first place."

The oak chair was one of four mismatched chairs given for free to Rowling for her council flat in Edinburgh.

She sat in front of her typewriter and wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while sitting on it. …

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