A David Bowie painting was clearly someone’s trash but could become someone’s treasure after being found in a landfill in Ontario, Canada.
Through Radio-Canada News, a person, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased the 9.5″ x 7.5″ painting from the Machar Municipal Landfill Donation Center for just $5. The back of the painting is signed and clearly marked on the back as part of Bowie’s “D HEAD XLVI” collection which he created in the mid 90’s.
Rob Cowley, president of Cowley Abbott Fine Art in Toronto, was contacted by the painting’s owner to confirm if this artwork was the real deal.
Cowley, who described the painting as a “semi-abstract portrait”, said: “We were able to identify that the work was quite similar to many portraits, these smaller type portraits in this series that Bowie had produced in the mid 90’s. From there we also reached out to Andy Peters, who is recognized as an expert on David Bowie‘s signature and also very knowledgeable about his works. He came back to us with lots of enthusiastically and fairly quickly…and was able to say yes, it is an authentic work by the artist.
The piece is currently up for auction via CowleyAbbott.ca the lot set to close on June 24 at 2:15 p.m. EDT. At press time, the current bid for the painting is $17,100. It was estimated to sell for between $9,000 and $12,000.
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