A painting by the late British singer David Bowie was up for sale at an online auction on Tuesday.
The painting was bought by an individual at a charity store for $5 Canadian.
Bids for it quickly exceeded its initial estimate of $9,000, according to the Canadian auction house.
The initial estimate for the painting ranged between 9 thousand and 12,000 Canadian dollars (7,300 to 9,800 US dollars) for the price of the painting, which measures 20 by 25 centimeters and represents a side face, but bidding exceeded 17,000 Canadian dollars a few hours after the launch of the virtual auction, which is expected to close Thursday. This June 24th.
The painting was first sold in 2001 on a website dedicated to the British singer, and the painting, titled “D-Head XLV1”, ended up in a charity shop in Ontario, where it was bought anonymously for 5 Canadian dollars (4.1 dollars). This buyer later contacted Cowley Abbott Auctions.
“The painting was painted between 1995 and 1997 and is one of a series of paintings by David Bowie (titled ‘Dead Heads’), representing the artist himself or his relatives,” said house president Rob Cowley.
He noted that it bore Bowie’s signature and dated 1997 on its reverse side.
David Bowie’s paintings are rarely auctioned, the first time one of his works has been auctioned in Canada, according to Cowley.
“We were very happy when it turned out that the painting was original,” he said. “We are fans of David Bowie’s work and it is very exciting to put his work on the market.”
The rock singer, who died of cancer at the age of 69 on January 10, 2016, left a great impact in the fields of music, cinema, fashion and art, and during his career, about 140 million copies of his albums were sold.