David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics to the pop classic Starman are expected to fetch up to £40,000 (€46,000) at auction.
A song about Starman, “I want to see you, but I think he’s going to blow our minds,” was released as a single in 1972.
It was featured on the Ziggy Stardust concept album that made Bowie an international rock and pop star.
The lyrics were previously exhibited as part of David Bowie’s collection at the V&A Museum and have been owned by the same individual since the 1980s.
The A4 sized pages feature handwritten corrections and edits by Bowie, including spelling error corrections and additions.
Dan Hampson, auction manager at Omega Auctions, said:
“The items that excite our collectors the most are the things that bring them closer to the star. In this example, the handwritten lyrics of a song that many consider to be the work of true genius.
“It’s a real privilege to be able to see and sell them.”
The lyrics will go on sale as part of the David Bowie and Glam Rock sale on September 27th.
In 2019, Bowie’s first demo of Starman sold for £51,000 after collecting dust in lofts for nearly 50 years.
Bowie can be heard telling guitarist Mick Ronson, who died in 1993, that he hadn’t finished singing the song as he was about to finish the demo.
Born David Jones in post-war Brixton, the singer died on 10 January 2016 at the age of 69.