Anonymous Harry Potter Fan Pays An Astounding $394,000 For J.K. Rowling's Chair

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Front and back of the chair J.K. Rowling wrote the first two Harry Potter books (Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions)

On April 6, an anonymous donor paid an astounding $394,000 USD for a rickety old wooden chair. This, of course, was no ordinary chair, but the one J.K. Rowling sat on when she wrote the first two Harry Potter books — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer's in the US) Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets..

What makes the chair unique is that before donating it to a charity in 2002, J.K. Rowling transformed it into a piece of literary memorabilia. Along the apron of the chair she painted, “I wrote/Harry Potter/while sitting/on this chair." The famous author's signature is scribbled on the headrest, while the word "Gryffindor" is written on the bar under the seat.

Of course, no Harry Potter memorabilia is complete without the wizard's famous lightning bolts which feature prominently on the chair's front legs. On the seat bars are the words “You may not/find me pretty/but don’t judge/on what you see."

Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions

The author also wrote a personal note that outlined the chair's history and significance. It said:

"Dear new-owner-of-my-chair / I was given four mismatched dining room chairs in 1995, and this was the comfiest one, which is why it ended up stationed permanently in front of my typewriter, supporting me while I typed out "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." My nostalgic side is quite sad to see it go, but my back isn’t. JK Rowling.”

The "Owl Post" that accompanies the chair (Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions)

This is the third time the 1930's oak chair has been auctioned since J.K. Rowling donated it in 2002 when it fetched $21,000 USD. In 2009, Gerald Gray paid $29,000 USD in an online auction.

Though both the amounts were impressive, they were nothing compared to what the latest owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, paid on April 6. Even Gray expressed surprise at the final price which was substantially higher than the initial bid price of $45,000 USD. The English native who now lives in the USA plans to donate 10% of the proceeds to Lumos, Rowlings' children's charity. He hopes that the new owner will put this famous chair on display for everyone to see and admire!

Resources: Guardian.co.uk, CNN, com, antiques,and hearts.com

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  • cocoquinn
    cocoquinnabout 1 month
    I have the whole series😛🐍 And I would spend $394000 USD on this chair. I love JK Rowling's books and her new book "Ickabog" its so good. And who agrees that draco malfoy is so fine. ;-)
    • hankc
      hankc2 months
      Cool it is my favourite
      • evayang
        evayang3 months
        Cool, Harry Potter is my favorite book
        • potter_head
          potter_head4 months
          That is crazy I would probably not pay $394,000 for that I wish they made other chars that look just like that though then I would buy it
          • prettyfast
            prettyfast18 days
            i wouldnt speand that much eithr
          • sky_dragon
            sky_dragon7 months
            That's cool but i think $394,000 is kinda too much for a chair(it's just my opinion)!
          • jkbear
            jkbear9 months
            cool
            • luvharrypotter
              Don't judge me....put I WOULD pay this much for this chair!! Y'all are saying "a chair". ITS NOT JUST ANY CHAIR ITS J.K. ROWLING'S CHAIR THAT HAS COOL HARRY POTTER STUFF ON IT AND YEAH. AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO IS OBSESSED WITH HARRY POTTER HERE???? Shouting to @birdzrule!! U share my o session with harry Potter!
              • happiervibess
                Wow....I mean I'm obsessed to but I mean...$394,000?!
                • pusheenicorn
                  pusheenicorn9 months
                  I love harry potter, too, but $394,000?
                • equality
                  equality9 months
                  Honestly... Potterheads don't judge me... I was never that into the Harry Potter books. I read the series in 2he grade and always found them just ok.
                  • ginnyweasley58
                    harry potter is better then everything ever
                    • birdzrule
                      birdzrule9 months
                      Poor you, I wish you were able to understand how awesome they were😞
                  • pusheenicorn
                    pusheenicorn10 months
                    that's cool that its her chair and she put a note with it and everything, but holy hippogriffs, that is a lot of money for a chair! 😯🤑
                    • dianapop
                      dianapop10 months
                      wow, im a huge harry potter fan as i have watched all the movies 5+ times and am currently reading the chamber of secrets, and have alot of merch but thats a crazy amount of money for a chair!!
                      • potter_head
                        potter_head4 months
                        I'm on the chamber of secrets too
                        • luvharrypotter
                          I finished the series a few days ago!!
                          • birdzrule
                            birdzrule9 months
                            You have to read the books, much better than the movies, although the movies were impressive! I have lost count of how many times I have Read the books , I think I have read them (not exaggerating here!!) about 230+ times!! I think I watched all the movies twice. Any way, dinapop, just telling you, you have a lot to look toward to!