Bids on handwritten words to 1973 single begin at £35,000
David Bowie‘s handwritten lyrics for ‘The Jean Genie’ are to be auctioned off, with a starting bid of £35,000.
The lyrics to the 1973 single are being auctioned by US auction house Paddle 8 and are expected to make up to £50,000. The lyrics are written in just 18 lines with Bowie using a black ballpoint pen on a single page of cream lined notepaper.
Titled, dated, and signed by Bowie, the lyrics were given to Neal Peters when he was President of the Original David Bowie Fan Club in the USA. Online bids can be registered here until March 31
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“This is the only set of complete handwritten lyrics to have come to auction,” reasons the item’s description on Paddle 8. “Bowie is believed to have kept almost all of his original lyrics, notes, and manuscripts, creating an archive that spanned his entire career. As a result, major pieces of memorabilia rarely come on the market, and only a handful of key items have sold at auction over the years.”
Since his death it has emerged that Bowie declined a number of invitations and collaboration offers, including the chance to produce a number of Red Hot Chili Peppers albums, collaborate with Coldplay and also provide vocals to a song Dave Grohl worked on for a film.