David Bowie performing as Ziggy Stardust, 1973.
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David Bowie’s unique handwritten lyrics for the pop basic Starmana part of the album that catapulted him to worldwide stardom bought at public sale in Britain on Tuesday for £203,500 (R3.9m).
In 1972, the music oa was launched as a single Starman who “wish to come and meet us, however thinks it might blow our minds,” proven on Ziggy Stardust an idea album.
The handwritten textual content bought for 5 occasions its estimate of £40 000 (R776 332).
The winner was Olivier Varenne, Director of Acquisitions and Alliances and Collections on the Museum of Previous and New Artwork Tasmania, on behalf of a non-public collector.
“We have now had virtually overwhelming curiosity from world wide for this historic piece of memorabilia,” mentioned Paul Fairweather of Omega Auctions.
“We’re very happy with the unimaginable value achieved and are assured that the winner will correctly worth and recognize the lyrics.”
The textual content was beforehand on show as a part of the V&A’s David Bowie Is assortment. They’ve been owned by the identical individual since 1980.
An A4 web page incorporates Bowie’s handwritten corrections and corrections, together with corrected spelling errors and additions.
The lyrics had been bought on Tuesday as a part of the David Bowie and glam rock sale.
In 2019, the primary demo of Bowie singing Starman bought for £51 000 (R990 488) after gathering mud in an attic for practically 5 many years.
Bowie may be heard telling his guitarist Mick Ronson, who died in 1993, that he hadn’t completed the music but as he tried to complete the demo.
The singer, born David Jones, died in 2016 on the age of 69 in New York.