JK’s first writing chair is up for auction

THE chair where best selling author JK Rowling sat while writing the first Harry Potter novels being auctioned for charity.

The signed dining room chair, which is accompanied by a letter from the author, is expected to raise 20,000 at an auction for children’s charity the NSPCC being held at Christie’s in London this week.

Ms Rowling writes: "Dear new-owner-of-my-chair, I was given four mismatched dining room chairs in 1995 and this was the comfiest. That is why it ended up stationed permanently in front of my typewriter 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."

While the Harry Potter chair is expected to be the most popular item, a number of other celebrity seats will also be up for auction.

Hollywood heroes Brat Pitt and Robert Redford have donated directors’ chairs.

Pop fans will be able to purchase a 1960s red cube armchair where Tom Jones once sat, a beanbag that held all three members of Atomic Kitten or an egg-shaped chair Peter Gabriel used as a hat.

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