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.
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).
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!