David Bowie is regarded as one of the music industry’s most renowned singers. As we reported earlier, a massive music memorabilia auction is set to take place in a couple of months, held by Propstore Auction. Just recently, David Bowie’s handwritten Starman lyrics got sold for over $300K.
David Bowie’s handwritten Starman lyrics from 1972 have fetched more than $334,958 at auction. The price paid by Tasmanian Museum for an A4 sheet was five times higher than the estimate. The successful bidder was Olivier Varenne, director of acquisitions, alliances, and collections at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).
The song is a part of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Bowie’s fifth album. The particular album launched him to international rock and pop prominence. According to The Guardian, Mona’s owner and founder, David Walsh, made a statement about the purchase.
We got carried away and paid too much It’ll make an appearance in the expanded library we are currently constructing, along with many other items we got carried away with and paid too much for.
The handwritten lyrics had a starting price tag of up to $66,991. They were sold for $340,819 after the buyer’s premium. The lyrics were on display as part of the David Bowie Is collection at the V&A Museum and had been owned by the same person since the 1980s until being auctioned as part of a David Bowie and glam rock auction. Check out the picture below.
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