The covering letter is addressed to the Vice Chairperson of the PTA of Newdigate Infant School in Dorking, Surrey. It reads: “Thank you for your interest in Harry Potter. Please find enclosed for your charity, a Hogwarts acceptance letter and envelope, as seen in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. As the envelope is sealed, I have also included a copy of its contents. I have enclosed for your reference, a copy of the cover of a magazine featuring Daniel Radcliffe and one of the letters in action! There are only a limited number of these props available from the studio, thus we hope it raises a substantial amount for your good cause.”
Acquired by the current owner at the charity sale, it now comes to auction with an estimate of £10,000-£12,000 ($12,620-$15,140).
Chiswick Auctions specialist Valentina Borghi expects plenty of interest from Potter collectors. “Harry Potter ephemera this good doesn’t come on the market very often. As a general rule, the props used in the eight films have tended to stay with the studios.”