July 27, 2021

Fan buys David Bowie art for $ 4 and auction in thousands

A painting of the British singer David Bowie, which an individual bought for the equivalent of US $ 4 at an Ontario charity shop, was auctioned online Tuesday quickly surpassing its base of $ 7,400, according to the Canadian organizer of the sale.

With an estimated sale price of between 7,400 and 10,000 US dollars, the 20 x 25 cm work, which represents a profile portrait, exceeded 14 thousand dollars within hours of the launch of the online sale that will culminate Thursday, June 24.

First sold in 2001 on a website dedicated to the British singer, the painting titled DHead XLVI ended up at a charity shop in Ontario, where an anonymous bought it for the sum of $ 4, and now contacted the auction house Cowley Abbott .

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Foto: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, archivo

“The work was painted between 1995 and 1997 as part of a series of David Bowie portraits (called Dead Heads or DHeads)” of the artist himself or relatives, Rob Cowley, president of the auction house, told AFP. “It is signed and dated 1997 on the back.”

David Bowie’s paintings rarely go under the hammer and this is the first time one of his works has been auctioned in Canada, he added.

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“We were delighted to find that the artwork was original and authentic. We are fans of David Bowie’s work and it is very exciting to bring his work to market,” said Cowley.

Photo: AFP PHOTO /Cowley Abbott

A leading exponent of British rock, David Bowie has sold nearly 140 million records during his career and left an undeniable mark on the world of music, film, fashion and art. He died of cancer on January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday.