Discovered 90’s David Bowie Painting Can Sell Up To 10,000 Times Its Price
LONDON - 2001: (FILE PHOTO) Musician David Bowie appears during a live radio interview with Radio One DJ's Mark and Lard at the Radio One Maida Vale studio on in 2001 in London. Bowie was admitted to hospital yesterday for emergency heart surgery. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Someone Bought It For Only $5
A painting by David Bowie, titled “DHead XLVI”, was purchased last summer for only $5 at a donation center near a northern Ontario landfill. The portrait is part of the DHEAD series that the late rocker created between 1995 and 1997. It’s about to be auctioned off by Cowley Abbott, and it’s expected to fetch for thousands of dollars.
The 9.75 x 8 inch canvas has Bowie’s distinctive signature at the back along with a tag that has his name, the year 1997, and a description as “acrylic and computer collage on canvas”.
Cowley Abbott President Rob Cowley told CNN about the unnamed seller who contacted them last November, and they immediately worked on authenticating the said painting.
“The painting itself caught their eye,” he said. “They thought it was an interesting painting before they turned it around and saw the labels on the back.”
Cowley reached out to Andy Peters who’s an expert on Bowie’s signature.
“When I first saw the painting, I knew what it was straightaway,” Peters noted. “I did not need to see the autograph on the back because I knew, but obviously the signature sealed the deal.”
The auction opened over a week ago and will end on June 24.