J.K. Rowling to Donate Black Family Tree to Book Aid Auction
Today’s Daily Telegraph has an early preview of what we will be seeing at this year’s Book Aid International auction, benefitting the poorest countries in the world. J.K. Rowling is one of the authors who are participating in the donation of a special item related to their books. Her item is a handwritten version of the Black family tree.
Rupert Powell, managing director of Bloomsbury Auctions (sponsoring next month’s event), said, “It’s hard to guess what the lots will go for. But it’s safe to say which will fetch the highest price.” He estimates that “JK Rowling’s unique family tree for the house of Black (which, for Potter-spotters, provides a genealogical link between Harry’s enemy Draco Malfoy and his dear departed friend Sirius) could go for up to £50,000.”
The auction will be held in London on February 21, and tickets are priced at £75, limited to 250 seats. Bloomsbury Auctions is inviting readers of the Telegraph to a private viewing on February 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 24 Maddox Street, London W1. Tickets are £10 and include food, refreshments, and a short talk on collecting modern first editions.