Painting by an icon: A handout photo released on June 15, 2021, courtesy of the auction house Cowley Abbott shows Canadian Art Specialist Rob Cowley looking at a painting by British pop icon David Bowie in Toronto, Canada. (AFP/Handout/Cowley Abbott)
Artwork by David Bowie, which was acquired for approximately $4 in a Canadian dump, has sold for over $90,000 at auction in Toronto. The picture, which was first sold on the internet in 2001, ended up in a donation center in South River, Ontario, two decades later.
A recent discovery and buy-out from a Canadian waste disposal facility that resells donated goods for around $4,000 by British pop sensation David Bowie were auctioned at Toronto for almost $80,000, the auction house said on Friday (Can$108,120).
The market value well above Cowley Abbot's estimate of $7,000 to $10,000 for the little work, which was purchased by an American collector.
A dozen bidders competed for the computer and acrylic collage on canvas, which is part of the so-called D Head series of portraits of Ziggy Stardust, his pals, and some that he created between 1995 and 1997, according to auctioneer Rob Cowley.
Around 2001, a website advertised a painting of a pale figure clothed in teal garments with teal and red hair on a crimson backdrop that was 24 by 20 cm.
Cowley told AFP at the outset of the two-week online auction, "We were thrilled to learn that the artwork was genuine and legitimate." He said that a Bowie signatures specialist confirmed Bowie's signed initials on the reverse.
Cowley said on Friday that the seller is "delighted and surprised" that the artwork sold for such a high amount.
Source: The Jakarta Post
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