Classics: The manuscript text of "Starman" by David Bowie sold € 227,000 at auction

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The manuscript of "Starman", song emblematic of the Ziggy Stardust period of David Bowie, was sold at auction on Tuesday, September 27. It was the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), based in Tasmania, which acquired it for € 227,000.

It was one of the parts of choice of a larger auction entitled David Bowie and the Glam rock, including in particular posters and vinyl discs.

The text of Starman, A song by David Bowie which appears on his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), was sold in England on Tuesday September 27, 2022 for £ 203,500, or 227 000 €, while it was estimated at £ 40,000 (€ 44,700).

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An emblematic song

The A4 sheet, small tiles, ne counts that twenty lines with a few small ortures and spelling corrections. But this text will have changed the career of Bowie, giving him the great success which was fleeing him from Space Oddity. Emblematic

of the Ziggy Stardust epic, Starman evokes the surprise of a teenager by discovering the music of Ziggy Stardust, Extraterrestrial and Androgynous Messiah on the radio.

The appearance of Bowie and her group, with their glam look, on the Top of the Pops television show will also have had a decisive influence on many British teenagers at the time.

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The manuscript leaves for Australia

The happy manuscript holder is the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), based in Tasmania, Australia. "We have thrown ourselves and paid too much", assures David Walsh, owner of the establishment, in remarks relayed by the Guardian .

The sheet will now be exposed in the enlarged library of the museum "with many other articles for which we have also been carried away and for which we paid too expensive". This manuscript, which belonged to the same person since 1980, was part of the large traveling exhibition David Bowie Is, which had notably passed by Paris in 2015.

The auction, organized by Omega Auctions, was very successful. Paul Fairweather, from the company of auction, even evokes "an almost unprecedented interest from around the world. We had five telephone lines in operation for the sale as well as online and indoor bidders. »

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