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Do You Love David Bowie...And Have A Few Thousand Quid To Spare?

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06/18/2013 8:37 pm
Do You Love David Bowie...And Have A Few Thousand Quid To Spare?

Lisa Hafey
Staff Writer

The handwritten lyrics to Jean Genie, by David Bowie, are expected to sell for between £12,000 to £15,000 ($18,800 to $23,500) when they’re auctioned by Bonham’s Entertainment Memorabilia, London, on 3 July.

The lyrics sheet, dating from 1972, was given to Neal Peters, the founder of the American Bowie fan club, and was signed and dated by the man himself.

Bonham’s describes the lot as 18 lines “in black ballpoint pen on cream lined notebook paper,” along with “documents relating to…the work [Peter] did with the fan club during its infancy”.

Also due to come under the hammer on the same date include a contract for Bowie and his guitarist John Hutchinson, for a gig they performed at the Ealing College of Technology. The concert was held on 29 April 1969, “between the hours of 12:30 and 13:30”, for which Bowie and Hutchinson received the princely sum “of Twelve (12) pounds”. Estimated sale price is £1,200-£1,800 ($1,875-$2,813).

Additionally, there is a red Vox 12-string electric guitar, used by Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, to promote his album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.”

The “teardrop” shaped guitar is a steal, with the sale estimated at between £10,000-£15,000 (($16,000-$23,500).

The whole auction will be interesting to watch - apart from further Bowie items from his time with Tin Machine, there is also Marc Bolan’s afghan coat, items from Elton John, and from Bob Marley.

Got a few spare pennies and a yen for pop collectibles?  Mark the date in your calendar!


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