A painting by David Bowie turned up at a Canadian landfill and now it’s selling for thousands

A painting by rock icon David Bowie is anticipated to cost countless dollars in an online art auction after somebody selected it up for a couple of dollars at a contribution center at an Ontario land fill.

The picture, entitled “DHead XLVI,” belongs to a series of around 47 works that Bowie developed in between 1995 and 1997, according to Rob Cowley, president of Cowley Abbott, which is managing the auction.

The piece has Bowie’s unique signature on the back of the 9.75 x 8 inch canvas, along with a tag that has his name, the date 1997 and a description of the painting as “acrylic and computer collage on canvas.” There likewise was a label from a London framing business that Cowley stated did work for Bowie and other popular artists prior to it failed.

David Bowie's signature and an identifying label can be seen on the back of the painting.

David Bowie’s signature and a recognizing label can be seen on the back of the painting. Credit: From Cowley Abbott

Cowley informed CNN that the seller, who has actually not been recognized, paid $5 Canadian (about $4.10 USD) for the painting last summertime at a contribution center at a garbage dump in South River, which has to do with 3 hours north of Toronto.

The individual isn’t an art collector and similar to the painting, Cowley stated.

“The painting itself caught their eye,” Cowley stated. “They thought it was an interesting painting before they turned it around and saw the labels on the back.”

Cowley stated the seller called them about the painting in November and they began working to confirm the work.

In addition to online research study, they called professional Andy Peters, who’s been gathering Bowie autographs given that 1978 and began confirming his signature following the vocalist’s 2016 death after struggling with cancer in an effort to fight the flood of phonies that were offered for sale.

“When I first saw the painting, I knew what it was straightaway,” Peters informed CNN in an e-mail.

He stated he remembered it being offered on a now-defunct Bowie art site back in the early 2000s.

“I did not need to see the autograph on the back because I knew, but obviously the signature sealed the deal,” Peters stated.

“The confusion lies in that he changed his signature so much during his 55-year career, but there are certain nuances in every single autograph that forgers cannot replicate.”

Cowley stated that Bowie painted buddies, household and other artists for the DHead series, and even did some self-portraits, however he didn’t determine his topics.

“In this case, even the gender is difficult to discern because it doesn’t have any facial features besides the side profile,” Cowley stated. “It’s quite a striking portrait, but it’s very difficult to say exactly who it might be.”

The painting was anticipated to bring an approximated $9,000 to $12,000 CSD ($7,381 to $9,841 USD) however it skyrocketed past that cost on the very first day of the sale. The auction ends June 24.

In 2018, Christie’s auction home offered another painting in the series for $27,500 USD.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.