David Bowie painting found in Canadian landfill is about to sell for thousands at auction
A portrait of David Bowie found in a landfill in Canada last year is about to fetch considerably more than the $ 4.10 the owner originally paid!
At the time of writing, the enigmatic title “DHead XLVI” is well above the $ 50,000 mark. Cowley Abbott Auction House in Toronto is generating interest in this extraordinary sale, the virtual hammer of which is expected to drop on June 24.
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The stardust-dusted artwork was officially sold as a Bowie artwork via a website years ago. How it got to the Machar municipal landfill in Ontario is not clear. After collecting it for a few dollars, the lucky new owner contacted Cowley Abbott.
Speaking to CNN, auction house chairman Rob Cowley reveals that the frugal buyer “thought it was an interesting painting before turning it over and seeing the labels on the back.”
The painting displays Bowie’s signature on the reverse. Andy Peters of davidbowieautograph.com was on hand to confirm that the room was a real Bowie.
The painting is part of a series by Bowie, created in the 1990s
So what do the rich bidders get for their spare ch-ch-ch-ch-change? Measuring 9.75 x 8 inches, the portrait depicts an individual with long hair, from the side. It is believed that there is a possible influence of Ziggy Stardust on the piece, which is a mixture of acrylic and computer collage on canvas according to the Cowley Abbott website.
“The face itself has no clear features,” says Cowley. Initiated, “but has slight touches of ivory, pink and teal.”
The series includes just under 50 works created by the former Thin White Duke between 1995 and 1997. This particular painting was completed in that past year, as one label indicates.
“Each title included a non-sequential Roman numeral,” writes Cowley Abbott in the description of their lot. “The models were members of the group, friends and acquaintances and there were also self-portraits.”
Who is the character of “DHead XLVI”? BBC News reports that “the subject of the painting may never be known”.
David Bowie’s artistic legacy goes beyond music and performance
The young Bowie was interested in art and design, although music became his greatest medium. Nevertheless, he produced various self-portraits and other works. Some adorn the covers of his albums.
Insider mentions another painting in the series, “D-Head IX”, which sold at Christie’s for $ 27,500 in 2018.
Bowie died of liver cancer in January 2016. As Andy Peters and others have noted, interest in the star has only grown over time. Autographs have skyrocketed in price by an incredible 300% in some cases.
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The unusual way in which the painting was put back into circulation is a testament to the unique life of David Bowie. It’s easy to imagine the man himself enjoying the circumstances surrounding the story.
Such was Bowie’s presence as an artist, he was invited to play another pop culture icon – Andy Warhol in Basquiat (1996). Bowie knew Warhol personally, which some say gave his performance a distinctive quality.
Like the revolutionary person he portrays, Bowie’s name endures, with fans paying homage to him. Next year marks half a century since the release of one of his defining albums, The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars. With this in mind, Liverpool will host a David Bowie World Fan Convention… Surprisingly, the first of its kind.
NME reports that it will take place between June 17 and 19, 2022, with guest panels, music and other celebratory activities. A collaboration between fanzine David Bowie Glamor and Sound City, this could be one of the most unique encounters on the planet!
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Recently the biopic Stardust attempted to show Bowie backstage. The main role was played by actor and musician Johnny Flynn. Permission to use Bowie’s music was denied and the end result was a critical and commercial failure.
Regardless of his form, interest in David Bowie never falters. Whether it’s a movie on the big screen or intimate brushstrokes, its image and sound are part of global culture forever.