Thursday 14 December 2017

Lifelong fan pays £22,500 for David Bowie self-portrait

The painting by David Bowie fetched £22,500 and was bought by a lifelong fan of the singer
The painting by David Bowie fetched £22,500 and was bought by a lifelong fan of the singer

A lifelong fan of David Bowie has paid £22,500 for one of his paintings at auction - more than quadruple the highest estimated price.

Devotees of the late rock legend pushed up the bidding for self-portrait DHEAD from the estimated value of £3,000-£5,000.

The artwork was bought by a film and television producer who wants to remain anonymous.

He said : "I am a lifelong fan and am more than delighted to now own a piece of original art by David Bowie.

"The first album I ever bought was Aladdin Sane, released in 1973. He was, in my opinion, the greatest artist who ever lived, he will be greatly missed."

Bowie died on January 10 after a private 18-month battle with liver cancer.

The star donated the painting to the fundraising ARTAID 98 exhibition in Edinburgh in 1998.

The self-portrait attracted worldwide interest when it was auctioned at Lyon & Turnbull's contemporary paintings sale in Edinburgh on Monday, including callers from Monaco and Canada

Charlotte Riordan, picture specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, said: "This is a great result, it is always hard to put an estimate on a work of art of this nature and we had tremendous interest in the painting from around the world, with bidders on the telephone, online and in the saleroom."

The Starman singer is best known for his musical talent but as a former art school student, his artwork focused on abstract head studies influenced by the bizarreness and esotericism of 1930s-era German Expressionist art.

His last public art exhibition was in 1990 and Ms Riordan said his work is "extremely scarce to market".

Press Association

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