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Rowling Chair: Seat Where Author Penned 'Harry Potter' Auctioned

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Apr 2016 01:40 PM

The chair J.K. Rowling sat in while writing her first two "Harry Potter" books is being auctioned off by Heritage Auctions and bidding is up to $150,000, according to the company's website.

Reuters reported that the auction happened live Wednesday at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel as well as online.

Rowling wrote "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" while using the chair, reported MarketWatch. She received it while living in public housing in Edinburgh, England, before her books and movies became famous.

According to Heritage Auctions, Rowling would later use "gold, rose, and green paints" to write on the stiles and splats of the chair, "You may not / find me pretty / but don't judge / on what you see."

She then signed the backrest in the gold and rose paints and wrote along the apron of the seat, "I wrote / Harry Potter / while sitting / on this chair."

MarketWatch wrote that the chair was sold at a charity auction in 2002 and then resold at another auction for charity in 2009. According to Heritage Auctions, the chair was sold back then for $29,117 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the charity Books Abroad.

"She said at the time that it was something you would pick up at a junk shop," James Gannon, director of rare books at Heritage Auctions, told Reuters. "But it's really just the fact that she took the time to decorate it and the fact she actually wrote the books on it that is important."

The Heritage Auction statement said the chair was a representation of Rowling's rags to riches story.

"This ordinary chair turned beautiful art piece is an incredible physical manifestation of a woman's transformation into the modern world's foremost literary figure. A small piece of history connected to the mythology of the Wizarding World and one of the most beloved characters in children's literature: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived," the statement continued.

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