David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics for the classic pop Starman have sold for more than £200,000 at auction.
His song, about a Starman who “wants to come and see us but he thinks he’ll blow our minds,” was released as a single in 1972.
It appeared on the concept album Ziggy Stardust, making Bowie an international pop and rock star.
Handwritten lyrics, originally estimated to cost up to £40,000, sold for five times more at £203,500 including buyer’s premium.
The winner was Olivier Varenne, director of acquisitions and alliances and collections at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, on behalf of a private collector.
Paul Fairweather, of Omega Auctions, said: “We have an almost unprecedented interest from around the world in this historic piece.
“We already have five active phone lines for sale as well as online and in-room auctions.
“We are very pleased with the incredible price achieved and are certain that the lyrics will be appreciated and deservedly appreciated by the winning bidder.”
The lyrics have previously been exhibited as part of the V&A Museum’s David Bowie Is collection, and they’ve been owned by the same people since the 1980s.
The A4 page features Bowie’s handwritten corrections and corrections, including corrected and added typos.
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The lyrics were sold as part of a David Bowie and glam rock sale on Tuesday.
In 2019, Bowie’s first demo singing Starman sold for £51,000 after collecting dust in a loft for nearly five decades.
Bowie can be heard telling guitarist Mick Ronson, who died in 1993, that he still hadn’t finished the song when trying to finish the demo.
The singer, born David Jones in post-war Brixton, died at the age of 69 on January 10, 2016.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/david-bowies-handwritten-starman-lyrics-sell-for-five-times-auction-estimate-42021646.html David Bowie’s handwritten Starman lyrics sell for five times the auction estimate