David Bowie’s saxophone at auction


A saxophone believed to have belonged to legendary rock star David Bowie is going up for auction, putting eager fans under pressure to bid.

And they could be a hero – if only for a day – if they can close the deal on the 1925-1930 Chas E Foote Super ‘REF’ saxophone.

It is set to go under the hammer with an asking price of £5,000-£10,000 at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire, England on March 28.

Claire Howell, musical memorabilia consultant at Hansons, said: “This saxophone was originally purchased over 20 years ago at a rock memorabilia auction in Luton from Luminar Leisure.

“Luminar was once the UK’s leading nightclub operator with venues such as the Chicago Rock Cafe and New York New York. Luminar founder, nightlife impresario Stephen Thomas, had a passion for the collection of rock memorabilia – in particular instruments belonging to David Bowie and Eric Clapton Sadly Stephen died aged 68 in 2021, but he is remembered with great affection.

“His passion for musical memories is set to live on through this saxophone’s connection to him and one of the most legendary musicians of all time.”

The saxophone, which is nearly 100 years old, is kept in a large display case awash with framed photographs of Bowie holding small saxophones – not the largest instrument up for auction.

Claire explained: “The eye-catching display case was, I imagine, created to make the saxophone stand out on a wall in a nightclub. The framed photos pay homage to Bowie’s renowned love of the saxophone and provide a canvas of background to highlight the instrument itself.

“There is a provenance letter with the article from a man who offered to buy the sax from the Chicago Rock Cafe in Reading, only to be told by management that it was not for sale because it had been donated to the place by David Bowie.

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