“Remarkable” David Bowie painting found in Ontario up for auction

‘D Head XLVI’ was found in a donation centre near North Bay

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A David Bowie original? Do say!

Bowie may have been known for his iconic music, style, acting, career but he was also a painter.

Now a rare Bowie painting that was discovered in an Ontario donation centre for household goods in South River, south of North Bay, is on the market by Toronto’s fine art auction house, Cowley Abbott.

Its entitled D Head XLVI.

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“The chance discovery of this treasure within a pile of discarded goods is quite remarkable,” said the auction house on its website.

“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. After conducting thorough research, which included correspondence with a David Bowie specialist in the United Kingdom, we were able to confirm that the painting is indeed by the famous artist and part of a series that he completed in the 1990s.”

‘D Head XLVI’ was found in a donation centre near North Bay
‘D Head XLVI’ was found in a donation centre near North Bay

Between 1995 and 1997, Bowie painted about 47 works titled Dead Heads (or D Head) and each included a non-sequential Roman numeral.

The subjects ranged from himself to band members, friends and acquaintances.

The painting goes up for sale Tuesday (June 15) until June 24, and may fetch as much as $12,000.

“We are pleased to be entrusted with such an exciting artwork and look forward to sharing this painting with collectors before finding D Head XLVI a new home,” said the auction house on its website.

Bowie, who studied art and design, was also a collector, and his paintings “possess the stylistic influences of the German expressionists, Francis Bacon and the London School of painters,” said the auction house’s website.


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