Bowie Art Found In South River Goes For Over $100,000 At Auction

Posted: 2021-06-25 10:01:54 By: thebay

A distinctive painting by music icon David Bowie garnered international headlines for its unique discovery and drew a bidding frenzy at Cowley Abbott’s Online Auction of International Art.  The much-anticipated auction debut of D Head XLVI, which is part of a series of approximately 45 works on canvas that Bowie titled Dead Heads (or D Heads), sold for more than 10 times the low-end of the auction estimate to a private collector in the United States for CAD $108,120.
The sale marks a new global auction record for a work by David Bowie, more than doubling the 2016 sale of a D Head series artwork for £22,500 (approximately $39,000 CAD) in the United Kingdom garnering bids that spiked during the final hours of the auction, drawing more almost 50 bids from across Canada and as far as Australia.

D Head XLVI was found in the most unexpected place: a donation centre for household goods in South River, just north of Muskoka.  A chance discovery of this treasure within a pile of unwanted goods is quite remarkable. The consignor of the painting was astonished upon viewing a label which read “David Bowie" and realizing it was the signature of the artist inscribed on the reverse.