Wednesday 23 May 2018

Rare Bowie letter expected to fetch £6,000 at auction

The note dates back to 1969 just as Bowie’s career was lifting off with Space Oddity.

A rare handwritten letter by David Bowie is expected to fetch £6,000 at auction.
A rare handwritten letter by David Bowie is expected to fetch £6,000 at auction.

By Andrew Arthur, Press Association Entertainment Reporter

A letter sent by David Bowie at around the time his landmark Space Oddity single was released is expected to sell for over £6,000 when it goes to auction.

In the handwritten note, which dates to July 1969, Bowie invites a band to play at a club night he ran in The Three Tuns pub in Beckenham, south London.

The recipient of the letter is seller Dick Jones who was in a group called The Drama Band at the time.

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Bowie writes “DICK, Firstly this is to confirm that we wish you to appear at the Three Tuns, Beckenham High St. on Aug. 3rd somewhere between the hours of 7:30 and 10:45 for a duration of anything you like but for not less than 3/4 of an hour.

“The bread that shall pass hands will be £10 English currency, in accordance with the rules of the present monetary system.

“There you go, baby.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing your band, unless I’m mistaken we should have a very happy constructive evening with interplay from both sides.”

Jones revealed Bowie sent him the invitation a couple of days after he met up with The Drama Band for a rehearsal. During the meeting they explored how to incorporate Bowie’s mime skills into the band’s performance at his Beckenham Arts Lab night.

Jones said: “Arriving in a cluttered red Fiat 500, he played us several songs including a two-section version of Space Oddity.

“With the 12-string placed to one side, he solemnly keyed the tiny stylophone with its little attached metal pencil!”

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A rare handwritten letter by David Bowie is expected to fetch £6,000 at auction. (

The Drama Band later played two times at Bowie’s night, supporting him on one occasion.

Ahead of the sale, auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “This is a fascinating letter and a great piece of Bowie history.

“I expect there to be a lot of interest amongst fans and collectors worldwide.”

The letter will be sold at Omega Auctions in Merseyside on Wednesday May 9.

Press Association

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