Nearly eight years after David Bowie passed away, the music icon’s correct lyric sheet set is being sold for $126,000 at auction.
According to BBC, the sheet set contains Bowie’s corrections as well as drafts and notes while he was creating his hit tracks Rock n Roll Suicide and Suffragette City. Both the songs were featured on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album.
BBC reports the auction house previously sold David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics for his track Starman for over $200,000. A letter with the recently sold sheets reveals it was given to the original owner at the Trident Studio. Although Bowie gave the original owner other pages of lyrics, those did not survive years of wear and tear.
It was further reported that David Bowie’s lyric page was previously loaned to the V&A museum. The page remained with the exhibit for five years while touring the globe from 2013 to 2018.
The sale also includes a lyric book that was previously owned by Oasis’ Noel Gallagher. The featured lyrics were She’s Electric, Going Nowhere, Step Out Tonight, Rockin’ Chair, and Champagne Supernova. Bowie’s lyric sheet, which has an estimated price tag of £50,000 to £100,000, will be among Omega Auctions sale. The event will place on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
David Bowie Once Said His Story Was Really No Different From Anyone Else’s
During a 1995 interview with Interview magazine, David Bowie spoke about not being any different from others.
“My story is really no different from that of anybody else who has been in a situation similar to mine,” he explained at the time. “The proliferation of these particular stories in the press about the other side of a certain type of fame makes one become immune to them.”
Bowie also admitted that he “sincerely” didn’t have time to mess around with the past. “Because I’m not sure the past exists anymore,” he noted. Maybe history is dead, and if it is, it quite likely means that the future is dead, because they are two sides of the same coin. We might be coming into a new era of nowness, which maybe is a very good thing.”
In regards if he was critical of his work, David Bowie admitted he cut himself some slack over the years. “I’ve gotten to a place now where I’m not very judgmental about myself. I put out what I do, whether it’s in visual arts or in music because I know that everything I do is really heartfelt.”
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