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Autograph and drawing by J.K. Rowling to be sold at auction

Credit: Hansons Auctioneers

An autograph and drawing by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are among a collection of celebrity signatures being sold at auction this week.

More than 240 iconic figures - including Sir Paul McCartney, Jamie Oliver and Lenny Henry - provided sketches and their autograph for a charity project.

Now the entire collection is being sold by the Derbyshire firm Hansons Auctioneers on April 11 with an estimate of £3,000-£5,000.

Credit: Hansons Auctioneers

There’s huge interest in this collection because it includes so many of Britain, and the world’s, most famous and talented people.

Hundreds of celebrities took part in the charity project, which started in 2000, including pop stars, artists, sports personalities, actors, authors, comedians, designers, royalty and, sadly, some people who are no longer with us such as comedy legends Ronnie Barker and Victoria Wood. The doodle drawing makes J.K. Rowling autograph unique. Plus, these days, she simply doesn’t sign.

– Jim Spencer, head of books and works on paper at Hansons
Credit: Hansons Auctioneer