A picture painted by British singer David Bowie, bought for $ 5 by an individual at a charity store, quickly exceeded its estimate of C $ 9,000 to 12,000, in an online auction on Tuesday. The sale is due to end on June 24.
The 20 x 25 cm work, representing a profile portrait, exceeded 17,000 Canadian dollars (12,540 francs) a few hours after the launch of the online sale, according to the Canadian organizer.
First sold in 2001 on a website dedicated to the British singer, the painting entitled DHead XLVI ended up in an Ontario charity store, where an anonymous bought it for the sum of 5 dollars.
It was this happy buyer who then contacted the auction house.
Signed and dated
“The work was painted between 1995 and 1997 as part of a series of portraits by David Bowie”, called Dead Heads or DHeads and which represented the artist himself or relatives, explained the president of the house. Cowley Abbott Auction House in charge of the sale. “It is signed and dated 1997 on the back”.
The work represents a face in profile on a red and blue background, the features of which are missing. David Bowie’s paintings rarely end up under the hammer. This is the first time that one of his works has been auctioned in Canada.
“We were very happy to find that the artwork was original and authentic. We are fans of David Bowie’s work and it is very exciting to bring a work of him to the market, ”explained the manager.
Rock chameleon, David Bowie has sold nearly 140 million albums during his career. Jack-of-all-trades, he had an undisputed influence in the world of music, cinema, fashion and art. He died of cancer on January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday.