David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics and notes for 2 songs from ‘Ziggy Stardust’ album could fetch US$125,000 at auction

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A sheet of paper containing David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics to two songs from one of his most acclaimed albums could fetch more than US$125,000 when it is auctioned on November 28.

One side of the “irregularly cut” piece of paper bears the lyrics to “Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide”, while the other side contains the lyrics for “Suffragette City” – both with corrections, notations and footnotes.

The tracks are from the late artist’s fifth studio album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, released in June 1972.

The lyric sheet is one of many pieces of rock history that will be up for sale by London’s Omega Auctions on Tuesday. It’s expected to fetch between £50,000 and £100,000 (US$63,000 to US$126,000).

David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics for “Rock’n’Roll Suicide”. Photo: Omega Auctions
Bowie’s lyrics for “Suffragette City”. Photo: Omega Auctions

Often praised by music fans as one of Bowie’s most important albums, Ziggy Stardust is a concept album about Bowie’s titular alter ego, an androgynous and omnisexual rock star sent to Earth as a messenger ahead of an inevitable apocalyptic disaster.

“Suffragette City” was released as the B-side of the album’s lead single “Starman” in April 1972, while “Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide” was released as a single two years later.

The handwritten lyrics to “Starman”, which were expected to sell for £30,000, went for £165,000 in September 2022.

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