David Bowie painting found at thrift store will be auctioned off to thousands
Last summer, a second-hand dealer in Ontario, Canada, browsed the local donation center near the city’s landfill. One particular painting caught their attention. The customer purchased the painting for $ 4.09, according to Fox News.
Now the same painting is being auctioned off – and the auction has reached over $ 30,000 with a week to go, reports Fox News.
The painting? An original work by rockstar, performer and music legend David Bowie.
What is this painting by David Bowie? Is it genuine?
The painting recovered from 1997 is titled “XLVI head,Yahoo News reported. Between 1995 and 1997, Bowie created a series of 47 portraits which he called “Dead Heads” or “DHead”. This series was probably inspired by his Ziggy stardust phase.
- Those who sat for the portraits included members of the group, friends, acquaintances and Bowie himself, reports Smithsonian magazine. The identity of who sat for “DHead XLVI” is unknown.
This work is the 46th piece in the series and shows a semi-abstract, loosely painted head surrounded by stripes of blue and burgundy, said Smithsonian magazine.
- The painting is not a counterfeit and has been verified as genuine work by Bowie, reported Yahoo News.
Bowie studied painting in his youth and later in his life exhibited his paintings, sculptures and prints in a professional manner, said Smithsonian magazine.
Why is painting so precious?
After purchasing the painting, the anonymous owner contacted the Cowley Abbott auction house to verify and sell the piece. The painting is up for auction until June 24, according to Fox News.
- Bowie rarely auctioned off his paintings, Fox News said.
The painting was to sell for between $ 7,350 and $ 9,800, according to Smithsonian Magazine. On the first day of the auction, the painting exceeded this amount.
- The highest bid for the painting on Thursday was $ 30,800, Fox News said.
Bowie’s work has been found in unusual places before. The first known recording of his vocals – dated 1963 – was found in the attic of a former band member in 2018, reported NPR.