UPDATE: As reported by The Vinyl Factory, the demo has sold for just under £40,000.
The first-ever demo recorded by David Bowie has been uncovered by a former bandmate. Recorded when Bowie was just 16 years old in his first band The Konrads, the I Never Dreamed demo was thought by most to be gone forever.
Konrads drummer David Hadfield was the one to uncover it while moving houses, and now the demo is up for auction. It’s expected to fetch £10,000.
Want to own David Bowie’s first demo recorded in 1963? For a handy £10,000, you can get your mitts on I Never Dreamed.
“We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song,” Hadfield said in a statement.
“I chose I Never Dreamed as it was the strongest, the other two were a bit weak. I also decided that David was the best person to sing it and give the right interpretation. So this became the very first recording of David Jones singing 55 years ago. There is no other recording of the demo featuring David as lead in existence. Decca initially turned us down, but when they eventually gave us an audition later that year, vocalist Roger Ferris was the lead voice and David sang backing harmonies.”
Listen to a snippet of I Never Dreamed below.