David Bowie's Handwritten Lyrics Valued At Up To £100,000 At Auction

A handwritten lyric sheet by David Bowie is set to be auctioned this week and is expected to fetch up to 100,000 pounds.

The document contains Bowie’s corrections, drafts and notes for the Ziggy Stardust tracks “Rock’n’Roll Suicide” and “Suffragette City.” It will be displayed at the Omega Auctions showcase sale on November 28.

The letter of provenance reads, “The hand-written notes were given to the original owner personally by David Bowie at Trident Studio, with a few other pages of original lyrics, some of which didn’t survive.”

“They were needed so that the music publisher and management could prepare the lyric sheet, printed on the album’s inner record bag,”it adds. “At the same time, for the person collecting, David alerted them to two songs he hadn’t written that he had just decided would also feature on the album (It Ain’t Easy and Round and Round – the names of which he quickly added at the foot of the page on the Suffragette City side), writing next to them: ‘pub (publishing) you know these songs’.”

The letter of provenance also says the sheet was purchased by the current owner in the early 1980s, and loaned to the V&A in 2013 for an exhibition.

Auction manager Dan Muscatelli-Hampson said, “These are two real cult favourites in the wonderful Bowie oeuvre and ‘Suffragette City’ has been described as one of his very best. It’s an incredible artefact to have and to hold and it is sure to excite the many millions of Bowie fans around the world – just as the Starman lyrics did.”

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