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Forget Harry Potter, Rowling’s boots now on auction

Harry Potter fans from across the globe can now place their bids in an online-only auction of the boots worn by J.K. Rowling as she wrote “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” Bidding for the boots as well as Rowling’s autograph is available until Sunday, October 30 at Noon Central on Proxibid (www.proxibid.com), the world’s largest real auction marketplace.

Bidders can create an account and place their bids by visiting www.proxibid.com/boots. The boots were acquired by an elementary school student in December 1999 as part of a school project. The student sent a questionnaire entitled “A Shoe Questionnaire,” which asked about the “life” of a famous pair of shoes to Scholastic Press, the United States publisher of the Harry Potter series.

This questionnaire was then forwarded to J.K. Rowling. Upon receipt, Ms. Rowling completed the questionnaire and in a remarkable gesture forwarded the boots along with her response back to the student. After 12 years in the student’s possession, she has decided to share the boots with Harry Potter enthusiasts from across the globe via this online auction. The autographed questionnaire has been authenticated by PSA/DNA experts.

“J.K. Rowling has served as an inspiration to parents and teachers everywhere, encouraging a generation of children to read in an age where video games take center court,” said auctioneer Andrew Liakos of Blue Earth Benefit Auctions, who represents the consignor. “We are thrilled to offer memorabilia from such an iconic figure to the millions of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter fans across the globe. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss.”

The boots have been encased in a protective glass enclosure, made specifically for them, since December 1999. They show signs of wear, as Ms. Rowling wore them quite often before sending them to the student. According to the questionnaire, “My owner was wearing me when she wrote several chapters of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” and I liked that because it gave me a rest. She also wore me when she was a teacher, and one boy made fun of me, which I didn’t appreciate.”

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