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David Bowie demo expected to sell for $19,000 at auction

A rare vinyl copy of the demo, recorded by David Bowie in 1965 was auctioned last night with an expected selling price of just under $20,000.

The demo in question is an early version of a track titled I Want Your Love, recorded by Bowie when he was a teenager with his band at the time, Davy Jones and the Lower Third.

According to the auctioneer, Martin Hughes, the seller of the record made a successful investment by purchasing an entire physical music archive from “one of the world’s biggest publishing companies”.

Credit: Davy Jones and the Lower Third

The seller sifted through the catalogue of records and discovered that he now owned unreleased music from quite a few, very prominent artists.

The auction is set to begin overnight and experts are anticipating that fans could shell out close to $20,000 for the demo. If that’s the case, this would become the fifth most expensive piece of Bowie memorabilia ever sold.

Number four on that list is proudly owned by a lock of Bowie’s hair that sold for €15,626 in 2016. If you convert that figure into AUD, that’s just shy of $25,000 for a tiny lock of hair, held together by a blue thread.

Other items include a handwritten letter, and the singer’s iconic Ziggy Stardust costume, which somehow sold for only $4,000 more than the lock of hair.

But the most expensive piece of Bowie memorabilia was purchased in 2016 when the musician’s custom record player sold at an auction in London for nearly $350,000 AUD.

Credit: Twitter/Sotheby’s

The results of the auction have not yet been announced but in the meantime, take a listen to a clip from the demo below.