FOR those meeting Harry Potter author JK Rowling getting her autograph can now be considered valuable - it has been named as “one of the most sought after in the world”.
The writer, who grew up near Bristol in Winterbourne, has been named in a list of the top ten most valuable living autographs.
Paul Fraser Collectibles reports that the collector market for celebrity autographs has grown as demand far outstrips supply.
Its website says: “Collecting autographs is a market that has been predominately based in the US, Canada and the UK but that's now changing.
“The rare autograph market is now serious business in emerging economies as levels of disposable income rise, and the search for trophy-assets begins.
“After all, what's better than investing in a piece of memorabilia you can feel passionate about?”
According to the PFC40 Autograph Index, a signed photograph of Rowling, who was born in Yate, can sell for £1,250.
Paul Fraser Collectibles reports that in 2009, a second-hand chair set an auction room alight.
The auctioneer commented "It's a chair you would normally pay a tenner for in a junk shop", yet it sold for £20,000. A good investment for the owner.
The reason? It was the chair JK Rowling sat in to write the first Harry Potter book in front of her typewriter.
He calls Rowling's signature “one of the most sought after in the world”.