KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 – Art collectors and David Bowie fans can now bid for a rare painting of the late singer that has been found in a landfill in Canada.
The auctioneers said the artwork was purchased by an anonymous woman at the entrance to a landfill donation center in Ontario for C $ 5 (RM16.75), some 300 km away. north of Toronto, the BBC reported.
Toronto auction house Cowley Abbott estimates the painting will cost between C $ 9,000 and C $ 12,000 under the hammer.
The current bid at the time of writing is C $ 50,100 and the next bid is C $ 55,100 – interested buyers have until June 24 to bid for the painting.
“The painting itself caught their attention,” auction house chairman Rob Cowley told CNN.
“They thought it was an interesting painting before they turned it over and saw the labels on the back.”
The 9.75 x 8 inch acrylic and computer collage on canvas titled DHead XLVI is signed and dated 1997 on the reverse.
Experts say the striking signature on the back of the work belonged to the singer of Starman and was verified by Bowie autograph collector Andy Peters.
Peters has been collecting Ziggy Stardust autographs since 1978 and began offering his expertise after the singer passed away in 2016.
Bowie, an avid collector and painter who studied art and design in his youth, created the work as part of a series of 47 canvas paintings he called Dead Heads.
Each work in the collection, which also includes Bowie’s self-portraits, bears a “DHead” label followed by Roman numerals.
The art auctioneers added that the subject of the painting may never have been known, but what is known is that Bowie’s friends, bandmates and acquaintances participated in the series.
Describing the work as a “semi-abstract portrait,” Cowley told the CBC “he is a character who is in side profile” with a face that lacks distinctive features.
The character in the painting has long hair that falls to the side, reminiscent of popular hairstyles in the 60s and 70s.
“The figure is dressed in a teal color, and their hair has touches of teal as well as dark red.
“And there’s kind of a light red background, almost like a crimson background too,” Cowley said.
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