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J.K. Rowling’s Chair Sells for Nearly $400,000 at Auction

J.K.羅琳的座椅以近40萬美元拍賣

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The chair that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling sat in while writing the first two books of the series was sold at a New York City auction for $394,000, and an anonymous buyer made the bid, which far surpassed the seller, Gerald Gray’s, expectations.

《哈利波特》作者J.K.羅琳在撰寫該系列頭兩部作品時所坐的椅子,在紐約一場拍賣會上被一名匿名買家以39萬4000美元得標,遠高於賣家葛雷的預期。

On the chair are etched in words from Rowling herself, who wrote "Gryffindor," "I wrote Harry Potter in this chair," and signed the piece before initially auctioning it off in 2002 for $21,000 to benefit charity, the AP reports, adding that the furniture also comes with an original letter, written by the author.

美聯社報導,這張椅子有羅琳親刻的文字,寫有「葛萊芬多」、「我坐在這張椅子上寫哈利波特」等字樣;這張椅子2002年初次慈善拍賣時以2萬1000美元成交,羅琳當時還在上頭簽名,並附上一封手寫信件。

"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," the note reportedly reads.

這封信寫著,「親愛的椅子新主人,這張椅子是1995年我買到的4張各不相同的廚房用椅中最舒服的,所以一直被放在打字機前,支撐我創作『神秘的魔法石』和『消失的密室』2部作品。」

"My nostalgic side is quite sad to see it go, but my back isn’t."

「我因為念舊而捨不得送出去,不過我的背已經無法承受了。」

Source article: http://iservice.ltn.com.tw/Service/english/english.php?engno=1008618&day=2016-07-07

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