The original handwritten lyrics by David Bowie for the hit song “Starman,” which is from the album that made him famous around the world, were auctioned off and sold for £203,500 on Tuesday.
The song about a Starman who would “want to come and see us but he believes he’d blow our minds” was released as a single in 1972 and was included on the Ziggy Stardust concept album.
The handwritten lyrics were purchased for five times the original £40,000 estimate.
Olivier Varenne, director of acquisitions, partnerships, and collections at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, won the auction on behalf of a private collector.
The amount of interest in this historic item of memorabilia from throughout the world was practically unparalleled, according to Paul Fairweather of Omega Auctions.
“We´re very pleased with the incredible price achieved and are sure the lyrics will be rightly prized and treasured by the winning bidder.”
As a part of the David Bowie Is collection at the V&A Museum, the lyrics were previously on display. Since the 1980s, they had been owned by the same individual.
The musician, David Jones, passed away in 2016 in New York at the age of 69.