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A super rare promotional copy of David Bowie’s debut single is going up for auction

A super rare promotional copy of David Bowie‘s very first 7″ single release, recorded under his real name Davie Jones when we was just 17 years old, is going up for auction next week.

Bowie 1967

A very rare promotional copy of David Bowie’s first single release from 1964 is going up for auction next week.

As The Vinyl Factory note, the promotional single was released in 1964 by Decca Records label, Vocalion Pop. It was recorded before David Bowie’s had begun performing under a solo moniker, and was playing with his band the King Bees.

The tracklisting for the single reads as Davie Jones and The King Bees’ Liza Jane on the A-side, and a cover of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ Louie, Louie Go Home on the B-side.

Robin Newcombe, a general valuer at Grand Auctions in Folkestone which is selling the disc, told Kent News: “We held a general valuation day and a woman came in with the record. She had it in her possession for years. She knew Davie Jones was actually David Bowie but didn’t know much more about it than that.

“When I first saw it I knew it was potentially valuable and having done some additional research I realise it is likely to be one of very few remaining copies out there.”

On the record collecting website Discogs there is only one copy for sale and that is valued at around £4,000. The problem is that it is so rare we simply don’t know what price it will sell for.”

According to the listing, the copy is in fair to good condition, and “although reasonably looked after has been played considerably.”

A couple of copies of the same pressing sold back in 2014 on eBay for £2,150 each (about $3645 AUD), but following Bowie’s death in January 2016, this copy is expected to sell for much more.

Listen to Liza Jane below (and yes, believe it or not it is David Bowie).