Two vintage armchairs from the first Harry Potter film are to go under the hammer – giving JK Rowling fans the chance to bring a piece of Hogwarts into their own home.
The magical armchairs, used in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone film in 2001, will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers London, part of the Etwall firm's network, at noon on Saturday, March 24.
The chairs are estimated to sell for £1,000 to £2,000, and muggles can bid in person, in advance or online for those unable to travel via www.the-saleroom.com.
The London seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "The chairs were used in Gryffindor's common room. I purchased them some years ago from a major film set props company. They are two from a set of four."
Potter fans will know that wizard Godric Gryffindor was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in the famous JK Rowling saga.
Gryffindor's common room features in an aerial shot in the film and is predominantly red featuring around seven of the red armchairs as well as a sofa. The chairs are said to look old and worn but "comfortable."
"Once you know what you are looking for you can easily distinguish them when you are watching the film," the vendor said.
"I would love to see the chairs go to a huge Harry Potter fan, perhaps to someone in Japan where the films and books are particularly huge."
Chris Kirkham, Hansons London associate director, said: "This is a wonderful - and rare - opportunity for Harry Potter fans. It's not often props like this from such a famous film become available to buy. I am sure Potter super fans all over the world would love the chance to own something that has played its part in cinema history.
"It's incredible to think that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published 21 years ago in 1997 with a first print run of just 500 copies.
"The series of seven novels has now sold more than 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages and sparked the blockbuster movie franchise, which began with the film these chairs appeared in back in 2001. We expect a fierce contest at auction."
Six of the eight Harry Potter films are among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two bringing in more than one billion dollars in revenue.
The two chairs from the film set of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will be sold at Hansons London March 24 auction at The Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2 A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS.
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