The chair that author J.K. Rowling sat upon while writing two of the seven Harry Potter novels has just sold through Heritage Auctions at the Waldorf-Astoria for the incredible price of $394,000. The buyer was not identified.
Rowling originally sold the chair for $21,000 in 2002 through a small auction to benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Before selling it, she painted various phrases on the chair, including: “You may not find me pretty, but don’t judge on what you see” and “I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair.”
The chair was sold at auction again in 2009 to Gerald Gray, the CEO of AutoKontrol USA, Inc, who bought it for $29,000. Gray has pledged to donate 10% of the price to Rowling’s charity, Lumos.
Rowling wrote the following message to accompany the chair:
“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. J. K. Rowling.”