Sunday, October 14, 2007

Rare Harry Potter Books to be Auctioned by Jay Leno for National Braille Press

The National Braille Press has stored a valuable set of original Harry Potter books signed by author J.K. Rowling in a vault at Sovereign Bank in Boston. Rowling has personally donated the series that includes her distinctive signature on each copy, the only such series available in the U.S. Rowling recently donated a signed set in the U.K. to benefit a local charity, which auctioned them off for almost $40,000. On October 26, Rowling is being honored by the National Braille Press and her priceless books will be auctioned off to benefit the non profit organization that produces the Harry Potter books in braille.

Interested buyers may also bid online prior to the event at , and then bidding will continue live at the fundraising gala "Hands On! Books for Blind Children - A Million Laughs for Literacy" hosted by the Tonight Show's Jay Leno. It will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston.

Event Co-chair Joe Campanelli, President and CEO of Sovereign Bank, offered to keep the books under lock and key in the bank vault until the event. National Braille Press President Bill Raeder handed off the books to Campanelli for safekeeping today.

In addition to the Harry Potter books, the event's live auction will also feature a visit to the Tonight Show, a trip to the 2008 Super Bowl, tickets and other VIP treatment from the Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and New England Revolution. Plus, Jay Leno personally secured the donation of a Cadillac CTS that will be presented to the lucky winner of a limited raffle.

More information on the event at