NEW YORK — The chair on which British author J.K. Rowling sat to write the initial two volumes of her smash hit ‘Harry Potter’ series sold at auction New York on Wednesday for $394,000.
The modest, 1930s-era oak chair was part of a mismatched set of four that Rowling was given for free when she was a single mother living in subsidized housing in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.
Heritage Auctions said it sold for $394,000, including taxes — nearly 14 times the price that it last fetched at auction in 2009.
The 50-year-old author used the chair to write “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” published in 1997 and 1998, respectively.
“This was the comfiest one, which is why it ended up stationed permanently in front of my typewriter, supporting me while I typed,” Rowling wrote in a letter accompanying the chair, said the auction house.
“My nostalgic side is quite sad to see it go, but my back isn’t,” she added.
Rowling donated the chair in 2002 to an auction benefiting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children after adorning it with words in pink, gold and green paint.
“You may not find me pretty but don’t judge on what you see,” she wrote, along with “I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair” and her signature, the auction house said.
It sold again at auction in 2009 for $29,117, Heritage said.
“A small piece of history connected to the mythology of the Wizarding World and one of the most beloved characters in children’s literature,” said the auction house.
The seven-part “Harry Potter” series became a global phenomenon, translated into 67 languages. It sold more than 450 million copies and was credited with reviving children’s interest in reading.
Also adapted into box office blockbuster films, “Harry Potter” made Rowling the first female novelist billionaire.
In 2012, Forbes dropped her from its billionaire list, attributing it to Rowling’s charitable donations and high tax rates in Britain.
NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs
KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.
A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.
The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.
Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.
NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.
Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.Follow @gorkhapost