A handcrafted lyric sheet penned by David Bowie for two of his beloved songs might command a staggering 100,000 pounds as it heads to auction next week.
This intricately detailed sheet, containing drafts, notes, and corrections, captures Bowie's creative process for Rock N Roll Suicide and Suffragette City both prominent tracks from his iconic 1972 album, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.
This artifact dates back to the conclusive recording sessions of the album and holds sentimental value as it was gifted by the late music icon to the original recipient at Trident Studio in Soho, central London. It comes with a letter of provenance, affirming its origin during the final album sessions.
Remarkably, the sheet featuring the Suffragette City lyrics also includes a note highlighting two additional songs Bowie considered for the album—It Ain't Easy and Round And Round. While It Ain't Easy made the album cut, Round And Round, a cover of Chuck Berry's Around And Around, found its place as a B-side for the U.K. release of Drive In-Saturday in 1973, a year after the album's launch.
Originally acquired in the early 1980s, the current owner loaned this treasure to the V&A Museum for Bowie's celebrated exhibition in 2013. The sheet traveled extensively as part of the exhibition's global tour, visiting cities like Toronto, Sao Paolo, Chicago, Paris, Melbourne, Bologna, Tokyo, Barcelona, and New York, captivating audiences worldwide.
This coveted piece joins an impressive array of music memorabilia up for grabs at Omega Auctions. Bowie's legacy, transcending music, film, and fashion, remains influential even after his passing in 2016. Notably, Omega Auctions previously sold a handwritten lyric sheet for Starman, another iconic Bowie track, fetching over 200,000 pounds.
Among the lots on sale is a book once owned by Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, featuring lyrics for cherished hits like Champagne Supernova, She's Electric, Rockin' Chair, Step Out Tonight, and Going Nowhere. Expected to fetch between 30,000 pounds and 50,000 pounds, it's part of this stellar collection celebrating musical history.
Source: Sky News