A painting by British pop icon David Bowie lately found out at a Canadian store that resells donated items had frantic bidders lining up Tuesday for a prospect to personal it.

The computer system and acrylic collage on canvas is section of the so-referred to as D Head series of portraits of the Ziggy Stardust rocker himself, his friends and other folks that he painted in between 1995 and 1997.

It is signed on the again with his initials.

Opening bids of more than Can$15,000 (US$14,000) blew past Toronto auction house Cowley Abbot’s believed Can$9,000 to Can$12,000 valuation of the diminutive artwork. 

The on the net auction closes on June 24.

“We were being quite fired up to find out that the artwork was initial and authentic,” auctioneer Rob Cowley informed AFP. “We are admirers of David Bowie’s perform and it is quite exciting to bring an artwork by him to the current market.”

The 24 by 20 centimeter portray of a pale figure dressed in teal garments, with teal and red hair on a crimson track record, was at first bought through a web page around 2001.

It someway located itself two a long time afterwards at a donations keep in South River, Ontario — 300 kilometers north of Toronto. There, an anonymous customer compensated Can$5 for it.

Bowie attended artwork school and was an avid collector. His estate fetched tens of thousands and thousands of bucks after his demise in January 2016 for some 350 is effective from his assortment — like by Basquiat, Henry Moore and Damien Hirst.

But his have artworks, according to Cowley, almost never go on sale.

Commencing with “House Oddity” in 1969, Bowie scored strike right after hit around more than 4 many years, ranging from “The Jean Genie” and “Heroes” in the 1970s to “Let us Dance” and “Modern-day Really like” in the 1980s to extra recent hits like 2013’s wistful “Exactly where Are We Now?”

A lot of of these turned era-defining hits all over the planet when successively defining what it meant to be a tunes legend.

Two times immediately after the launch of his 25th studio album, “Blackstar,” on his 69th birthday, Bowie died of cancer.