From the BBC.
A demo believed to be the first recording of David Bowie’s hit song Starman is being put up for auction.
The 1971 tape had been packed away in a box and “totally forgotten about” for almost 50 years.
Bowie can be heard on the demo telling guitarist Mick Ronson he had not finished the song when he tried to end the recording.
Ronson gave the demo to his friend Kevin Hutchinson, an aspiring musician, to help him learn the song in 1971.
But Mr Hutchinson listened to the song, labelled it “David Bowie rehearsal tape” and packed it away in his loft.
The demo also contains recordings of Bowie songs Moonage Daydream and Hang Onto Yourself.
Mr Hutchinson, who is now selling the tape, said: “I remember listening to it and thinking, ‘This is OK.’ I didn’t think, ‘This is fantastic.’
“At 16, you’re not totally impressed. Nothing impresses you.”
He kept the tape despite moving house several times and now Mr Hutchinson thinks it’s “phenomenal… obviously”.
The song featured in the 1972 Ziggy Stardust concept album, which propelled Bowie to fame.
The demo will be auctioned on Tuesday at Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, between Liverpool and Manchester, where it is expected to sell for £10,000.
Mr Hutchinson retrieved the tape from his loft after watching a documentary about Bowie, who died aged 69 in 2016.
He told BBC Radio Humberside in 2017 that he had forgotten about the tape and was “staggered” when he heard the quality of it.
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DAVID BOWIE The Man Who Sold (Original 1972 UK orange label 9-track LP with no Mainman credit on sleeve or label, complete with the illustrated lyric inner & 22" x 17" fold-out poster of the album's artwork. The picture sleeve is Very Good with some light ring wear scuffing to be expected due to the matte finish. The poster has previously been displayed with a little putty on the back corners but also remains in good shape & completes the package. The vinyl is clean & grades EX/EX- with a few light cosmetic signs of play LSP-4816)
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DAVID BOWIE The Manish Boys / Davy Jones And The Lower Third EP (1979 UK 4-track 7" vinyl EP with an intact four prong centre, reissue of two separate early '60s singles by Bowie, both produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy [The Kinks]; flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only minimal wear whilst the vinyl shows very little signs of play EMI2925)
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DAVID BOWIE Changesonebowie (1982 UK black RCA label issue of the 1976 11-track vinyl LP, including Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, Jean Genie, Rebel Rebel, Suffragette City and John I'm Only Dancing [its first appearance on album and a different mix to the single release]. The picture sleeve has some light general wear, whilst the vinyl has the odd light sign of play, an excellent example of this classic collection of Bowie tracks! RS1055)
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DAVID BOWIE Modern Love (1983 UK 2-track 12" vinyl single, also includng a live version. The glossy picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear and light foxing but the vinyl appears in excellent condition with only light signs of play 12EA158)
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