The first known studio recording ever made by David Bowie has been sold for more than $50,000 dollars at auction. According to The Guardian, a tape of a 16-year-old Bowie singing with his first band sold for 39,360 pounds (or $51,408.62) at an English auction on Sept. 6.
The tape featured the song "I Never Dreamed," which a teenage Bowie sang lead vocals on for The Konrads in 1963. But he wasn't originally the band's lead singer. Then still known as David Jones, Bowie was originally the band's saxophonist but found himself thrust into the role of frontman when original lead singer Roger Ferris stepped on broken glass at a pub and had to be rushed to the hospital.
Bowie eventually left the band to launch a solo career. He became one of the legends of modern music, with a long list of accomplishments, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and six Grammy Awards. Five of those were awarded posthumously for his final album, Blackstar, after Bowie passed away in January 2016. He also turned down two royal honors, having been offered the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and a knighthood in 2003.
Last week's auction also included other pieces of Bowie's early career. A poster of The Konrads sold for 6,600 pounds ($8,616.57) and a lot of Bowie's promotional sketches and additional documents sold for 17,130 pounds ($22,363.92). But the biggest seller by far was the studio tape, which was found in July by The Konrads' drummer David Hadfield in a bread basket while he was moving.
While Bowie is no longer recording, his music lives on through A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour. Different from any other tribute tour, A Bowie Celebration features actual members of Bowie's bands playing his music, including Mike Garson, who was Bowie's longest-serving band member. Fans can learn more about the tour here and get tickets to see A Bowie Celebration live now through AXS using the links below:
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