June 11, 2003 02:14 PM

Don’t put away that checkbook just yet.

After receiving a bid of $8,000 for a signed copy of author J.K. Rowling’s latest, unreleased Harry Potter book, the British-based charity Sense has announced it’s once again offering an autographed copy of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” on the eBay auction site, the Associated Press reports.

The sale is currently running until June 20, the day before the eagerly awaited book’s publication.

Although a previous winning bid of $8,000 was placed in March, Sense — which assists those with sight and hearing problems — said it was unable to contact the winning bidder.

“We are hoping to raise as much money as possible from the sale to go toward providing better services for the deaf-blind people Sense works with,” Paul Amadi, Sense’s fund-raising director, tells AP.

And while the boy wizard is preparing to prove his popularity one more time, Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal reports that cultural artifacts from the 1980s are also becoming a hot new commodity.

Under a story headlined, “Care Bears’ Second Act,” the Journal reveals that such retro toys as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Strawberry Shortcake, Bratz dolls and My Little Pony eyebrow rings are re-emerging on the retail market — and making a tremendous impact on toy companies’ bottom lines.

Smurfs, anyone?

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