A single sheet of paper featuring the handwritten lyrics for David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” is heading to the auction house.
The 18 lines, which have been titled, dated and signed by the icon, are set to fetch between $50,000 to $70,000 – with a staggering starting bid of $43,000 (£35,000).
“This is the only set of complete handwritten lyrics to have come to auction,” reasons the item’s description on Paddle8. “Bowie is believed to have kept almost all of his original lyrics, notes, and manuscripts, creating an archive that spanned his entire career. As a result, major pieces of memorabilia rarely come on the market, and only a handful of key items have sold at auction over the years.”
Obviously, spending thousands of pounds on a crumpled sheet of paper – even if it is, as the description notes, “cream lined” – would require you to be dangerously dedicated. Given that “The Jean Genie” is such a major part of Bowie history, though, the fuss feels understandable. Described by the icon as “a smorgasbord of imagined Americana”, it was the first single to be released from the 1973 classic Aladdin Zane – making it a pretty major piece of music history.
If you’re interested (or insanely rich and a bit bored) make your bid here before March 31.