It's a rags to riches tale that is the stuff of fiction. Years before she became the best-selling author behind the Harry Potter franchise with an estimated net worth of $1bn, according to Forbes, JK Rowling was a penniless single mother living in Edinburgh.
During this time in 1994, while devoting her energies to the very-first Harry Potter book, Rowling befriended the parents of a newborn boy, Jack David Buchanan, whom she met at baby classes attended with her daughter, Jessica.
As a present to the boy, Rowling produced a hand-drawn, personal horoscope and natal chart. Offering a fascinating insight into Rowling's imagination before worldwide fame beckoned, the horoscope is decorated with fish and a lion, shown underwater in a treasure trove beneath a moonlight sky.
Inside, Rowling's astrological predictions for Jack read: "Born the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces. He will enjoy school, perhaps be accident-prone, (like all Pisces) could be prone to alcoholism, and (perhaps like us all) may well fall in love with someone totally incompatible.
Fascinatingly, the author also predicts that the boy with have great literary talent - "...the planet of fantasy and imagination meets a sign frequently associated with bookishness..." - and, eerily, given her own later success, wonders if it will bring him fame and fortune.
Little did Jack's parents know at the time how valuable the horoscope would one day be. While unpublished illustrations and writings by Rowling are incredibly rare, the horoscope provides an extensive and fascinating example of Rowling's prose.
The work, comprising 12 pages in a loose plastic folder, is being offered for sale by the Bristol-based memorabilia specialists, Paul Fraser Collectibles, priced at £25,000, along with several other items of rare and valuable JK Rowling and other literary memorabilia.
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