Rare David Bowie painting sells for £7000

A RARE portrait by music legend David Bowie fetched £7000 at auction.

Friday, 7th October 2016, 12:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:14 pm
David Bowie. Picture; file picture
David Bowie. Picture; file picture

The 10x8.25in portrait of an unknown woman, titled D Head LXII, was designed by the late pop superstar in 1997.

Bowie, who died from liver cancer in January, donated it to fundraising exhibition ArtAid ‘98 at the City Art Centre.

The signed oil and computer collage on canvas has since been in a private UK collection.

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It went under the hammer at Lyon & Turnbull’s contemporary and post war art sale, attracting bids from fans in the auction room and online.

Expected to fetch £3000-5000, it was eventually purchased by an anonymous collector in the room.

Bowie studied art, music and design at Bromley Technical High School, in London.

He seldom exhibited his artwork and his last solo show was in the 1990s.

Charlotte Riordan, Lyon & Turnbull’s picture specialist, said: “Though painting and art was a huge part of Bowie’s life, his work is extremely scarce to market. We are very pleased with the price.”