David Bowie’s painting is very expensive
By Dr Lori Verderame
An oil on canvas portrait from circa 1995-97 of the late music icon David Bowie recently sold at auction for 108,120 Canadian dollars.
This statement in itself is not that revolutionary until the rest of the story is told. Here is the rest of the story… the painting was purchased for 5 Canadian dollars at a thrift store or donation center in northern Ontario.
David Robert Jones is the first name of music legend David Bowie (1947-2016), who is best known, not for his fine art, but rather for his music. His latest album “Blackstar” was an international success. Many of his albums made it into the Billboard 200, including “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, “Hunky Dory”, “Let’s Dance”, “Aladdin Sane”, “Low” and “The Next Day” “. Compilation albums like “Best of Bowie” are established hits. Bowie had the most albums in the top 40 at a time with 12 with Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Bowie died in Manhattan, NY, in 2016 after suffering from liver cancer for over a year.
Early in his life Bowie studied art and design in his youth and throughout his life he collected the fine art of the twentieth century including works by German Expressionists Francis Bacon and many painters. British. The painting which recently sold for 108,120 Canadian dollars at Cowley Abbott auctioneers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada was recently titled “D Head XLVI.” D Head XLVI ”, an abstract portrait head in a turquoise, white and red palette was part of a series of paintings dating from the mid-90s. The painting was discovered in the summer of 2020 when many people were donating items galore following the widespread house cleaning and storage that was triggered by the home lockdown weather. The painting, according to the auction house that worked to authenticate it, was purchased by an American collector for more than 10 times the estimate before the auction. Of course, the auction price sets a new record for a painting by David Bowie, a similar work in the series sold shortly after the musician’s death in 2016 for C $ 39,000 in the UK.
It is not uncommon to see active auctions when a celebrity name is associated with a piece of art being auctioned. This painting was rare because the piece not only came from a famous collection, but the artist also had star power. In addition, the situation surrounding the discovery of the painting in a Canadian donation center for a few dollars. Findings like this have become much more common in the wake of the global COVID pandemic and the resulting house cleanings with an increase in donations of unwanted vintage art and antiques.
Dr. Lori Verderame is the award-winning doctoral student. antique appraiser on History Channel’s # 1 show, “The Curse of Oak Island”. Visit www.DrLoriV.com and www.YouTube.com/DrLoriV or call (888) 431-1010.