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More incredible Bowie items up for auction in May! *Updated with previously unheard demo clips

April 29th, 2019 | by admin

Lot 73 – Barrie Wentzell photos – Two original photographic prints depicting David Bowie, taken by noted photographer Barrie Wentzell.

Lot 406 – MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH LOBBY POSTERS AND ORIGINAL UK QUAD. Set of three rarely seen posters as displayed in cinema lobbies (possibly London only) for the release of ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ in 1976. Each to measure 20 x 30″, condition generally VF. Also to include an original UK quad (30 x 40″) film poster, in F condition with creasing.

Lot 407 – David Bowie Live Tape – A cassette tape containing a live recording made during the famous David Bowie concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on July 3rd 1973. Recording last approximately 109 minutes long across the cassette. The quality is as good as can be expected for a single, portable microphone, without much distortion. Guitars, vocals, harmonies and Bowie’s vocals are all audible and the DIY sound gives a true sense of what it was like to be in the crowd during this seminal period of David Bowie’s career and indeed at the last ‘Ziggy Stardust’ concert. Please note that the cassette is sold as an artefact only and that no copyright (s) are included with the sale.

Lot 408 – DAVID BOWIE 1993 AUTOGRAPH. A cutting from a 1993 Isolar issued compliments card, a number of which were hand signed by Bowie as part of the promotional campaign for ‘Black Tie/White Noise’. The cutting here measures approx 7 x 4cm and is pasted lightly to a BBC Transcription advert. Authenticated by Roger Epperson prior to this sale.

Lot 409 – MARQUEE CLUB FLYER APR 1966 – DAVID BOWIE AND THE BUZZ ADVERT. An original listings handbill from April 1966, detailing the events lined up at London’s Marquee Club. Notable acts include: The Action, Bluesology, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Jimmy James, The Small Faces, Long John Baldry and more with an advert listing David Bowie and the Buzz ‘Every Sunday Afternoon’. Measures 21 x 28cm. Folded. In good condition with small tears to edges, creasing, some areas of foxing and discolouration.

Lot 410 – DAVID BOWIE ZIGGY STARDUST ‘K WEST’ CHEST. A unique and truly fascinating piece of music history here. Immortalised on the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was the light up sign advertising the premises of furriers ‘K West’ at 23 Heddon Street, London. “Bowie said of the sign, “It’s such a shame that sign went [was removed]. People read so much into it. They thought ‘K. West’ must be some sort of code for ‘quest.’ It took on all these sort of mystical overtones” (Wikipedia). Here we have an original chest – cleared by our vendor from the premises of K. West when they closed in the mid 1980s and crucially bearing two stickers (one on top, faded and damaged, one much clearer to the side of the box) with that instantly recognisable logo. The chest itself measures approx 72 cm tall, 58cm deep and 73 cm across. One of the original handles is intact and one is broken. Due to the nature of this piece it is not suitable for our shipping services.

Lot 411 – DAVID BOWIE LOST ZION TAPE. A tantalising and fascinating prospect for any discerning Bowie collector here. Since the recording of Aladdin Sane in 1973 fans have wondered about the existence of a rumoured ‘lost track’ – thought to be titled ‘Zion’. Was it cut and then binned in favour of ‘Lady Grinning Soul’? Was it actually titled ‘A Lad In Vein’, a version which has appeared on bootlegs? The answer is found here on this boxed reel of Emitape, containing mastered mixes of the 8 tracks that comprise Aladdin Sane, recorded at Trident Studios. The handwritten notes on the original Trident Studios label reveal early hesitancy about the composition of the title ‘Aladdin Sane’, with amendments (in a different pen) breaking up the two words (to form A Ladd Insane) and also show the last track, which is marked clearly as ‘Zion’. Digitisation of the tape reveals the running order follows as standard, with the last track playing (as true to the released version) ‘Lady Grinning Soul’.

Lot 412 – DAVID BOWIE 1967 REJECTED DEMOS – FUNNY SMILE. *Listen to clips above. A boxed reel of 1/4″ Ampex recording tape, containing four tracks recorded by David Bowie at Decca Studio 2 in West Hampstead, London circa 1967. All four were demos intended for use on his first album, but three of the four didn’t make the cut. The tracks are as follows: Funny Smile (02.17), Did You Ever Have a Dream (2.05), Bunny Thing (2.43), Pussy Cat (2.20). A digital copy of the recording will be included with the tape. Please note that this item is sold as an artefact only and no copyright (s) are included with this sale.

Lot 413 – DAVID BOWIE ZIGGY STARDUST TAPE REEL. A boxed reel of 7″ Scotch tape, with handwritten notes on Trident Studios label indicating that the contents include five tracks from the Ziggy Stardust recording sessions of 3rd December 1971. The tracks listed (and their corresponding track length as per the digitised version) are: 5 Years (4.44), Rock N Roll Star (2.55), Moonage Daydream (4.43), Round N Round (2.49) , Port of Amsterdam (3.22). One handwritten note to label reads ‘Wrong Line Up for Ziggy Stardust’, another ‘Wrong Lineup’. The winning bidder will receive a digitised copy of the recording. Notable differences between this and the released version include the omission of the acoustic guitar in ‘Moonage Daydream’, many of the tracks appear to be rougher/earlier versions, perhaps unmastered and certainly not the final mixes.

Lot 414 – DAVID BOWIE ZIGGY STARDUST TAPE REEL. A boxed reel of 7″ Scotch tape, with handwritten notes on Trident Studios label indicating that the contents include six tracks from the Ziggy Stardust recording sessions of 3rd December 1971. The tracks listed (and their corresponding track length as per the digitised version) are: Hang on to Yourself (2.37), Ziggy Stardust (3.22), Velvet Goldmine (3.18), Holy, Holy (2.28), Soul Love (3.52), Lady Stardust (3.27). . One handwritten note to label reads ‘Wrong Line Up for Ziggy Stardust’, another symbol indicates that Ziggy Stardust and Hang On.. should be swapped in the tracklisting. The winning bidder will receive a digitised copy of the recording. Many of the tracks are ‘rougher’ mixes, with differences notable between this and the released version.

Lot 415 – BOWIE TRANSPARENCIES LIVE AT ARTS LAB BECKENHAM. A series of 36 previously unseen transparencies depicting images taken by photographer Vernon Dewhurst of David Bowie performing live at the famous Beckenham Arts Lab circa 1969. Please note – these items are sold as artefact only and no copyright (s) is included in this sale.

Lot 416 – VERNON DEWHURST SPACE ODDITY DAVID BOWIE PRINT. A signed and hand numbered limited edition print of the famous ‘Space Oddity’ composite image created by Vernon Dewhurst. This example is numbered 11/30, is signed in pen by Vernon Dewhurst and measures approx 50.5 x 51cm.

Lot 417 – VERNON DEWHURST SPACE ODDITY DAVID BOWIE PRINT. A signed and hand numbered limited edition print of the famous ‘Space Oddity’ composite image created by Vernon Dewhurst. This example is numbered 11/30, is signed in pen by Vernon Dewhurst and measures approx 76 x 76cm.

Lot 418 – DAVID BOWIE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD TRIDENT ACETATE. A double sided acetate circa 1970 with Trident Studios labels, containing both sides of David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World. Tracklisting is as follows. Side A: The WIdth of a Circle, Saviour Machine, She Shook Me Cold, The Supermen. Side B: The Man Who Sold The World, All The Madmen, Black Country Rock, After All. Sold with a generic white sleeve. Visual grading is VG, with light scuffs, scratches and marks to both sides of the playing surface.

 

Lot 419 – DAVID BOWIE DECCA FRENCH HEROES ACETATE. A double sided acetate bearing French Decca Studios labels containing apparent master mixes of David Bowie – Heroes LP (1977). Tracklisting follows the standard album order. The disc grades visually at a strong VG+ to Ex.

Lot 420 – DAVID BOWIE 1968 ARTS LAB POSTER. An original poster advertising a happening at the legendary Drury Lane ‘Arts Lab’, with this event ‘introducing’ David Bowie circa 1968. Measures 20 x 30″ and in strong VF condition, with light creasing only.

Lot 421 – DAVID BOWIE ALADDIN SANE PROMOTIONAL FILM REEL. A circular film tin bearing ‘Sisyphus Productions Limited’ labels and containing a roll of 35mm film. The reel contains a promotional ‘Aladdin Sane’ film. Label on the tin reads “Aladdin Sane – 1 x 35mm showprint Att. John Dyer, R.C.A. 50 Curzon Street, London, W1′, a note on RCA headed paper reads ‘Studio A (4th Floor) has a 35mm projector’.

Lot 422 – FRIARS AYLESBURY DAVID BOWIE FLYER. An original flyer for dates between July – September 1971 at the legendary ‘Friars Club’ in Aylesbury, Bucks. Includes a billing for David Bowie on the 11th September which was postponed til the 25th of that month. Measures 20 x 33cm, in very good condition with some age wear, light staining and creasing.

Lot 424 – DAVID BOWIE BOUND FOR GLORY BEEZY BAILEY T-SHIRT. A rare example of the t-shirt sold in 1995 as part of the collaborative exhibition at The Gallery, London in April 1995. Size XL, condition excellent.

Lot 425-  DAVID BOWIE MARQUEE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL TICKET. An original paper ticket for the NBC/Marquee Club ‘Midnight Special’ broadcast on 20th October 1973. Measures 20 x 10cm, in very good condition with some age wear, creasing and discolouration.

Lot 426 – DAVID BOWIE SELF TITLED ALBUM PROMOTIONAL FLATS. Three card promotional ‘flats’ issued in 1969 for the release of Bowie’s self titled album. Each to measure approx 31.7 x 31cm. Very good condition.

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The auction takes place at Omega Auctions on 21st May.

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