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A £2.50 charity shop picture is an £8,500 David Bowie original

A £2.50 picture picked up in a charity shop is an original work by singer Davie Bowie.

The work is expected to fetch more than £8500 at auction.

Some paintings by the late star have fetched as much as £21,000.


The picture for sale is part of a series of muses between 1994 and 1997.

The computer and acrylic collage is called “D Head XLVI.

It’s not known who the subject is.

The picture was bought at a charity shop in Ontario, Canada.

The buyer wishes to remain anonymous.

Auctioneer Rob Cowley said:

“There’s a label on the back and it quite clearly identifies the work, so she of course wondered if it could be authentic.

“It’s always exciting when a work like this, by a recognized artist, is found in such a place.”

Further provenance came from Bowie expert Andy Peters.

He agreed the picture was by star.

Andrea McLoughlin, spokeswoman for Cowley Abbot auctions, said:

“His sitters ranged from band members, friends, and acquaintances.

“There were also some self-portraits.

“It has been suggested that, for some of these important paintings, Bowie drew inspiration from the Ziggy Stardust era.

“With long hair and a pronounced profile, this energetic and enigmatic portrait is truly a rare representation from a celebrated artist.”



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