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David Bowie painting found at Ontario thrift store sold for record-setting $108K

A Toronto auction house says a Bowie painting that was discovered at a donation centre in northern Ontario fetched $108,120 Cdn in an online sale that closed Thursday.

Auction house says the winning bid was placed by a private U.S. collector

Pictured above is David Bowie’s DHead XLVI, a computer and acrylic collage on canvas, salvaged from a landfill near North Bay, Ont. It fetched $108,120 Cdn in an online sale that closed Thursday. (www.cowleyabbott.ca)

A painting by glam rock icon Davie Bowie has gone from thrift-store oddity to six-figure fame.

A Toronto auction house says a Bowie painting that was discovered at a donation centre in northern Ontario fetched $108,120 Cdn in an online sale that closed Thursday.

Cowley Abbott says DHead XLVI drew interest from collectors across the globe, driving up bids well past the pre-sale estimate of between $9,000 and $12,000, and setting a new auction record for the musician turned artist.

The 1997 acrylic and computer collage is one of 45 works on canvas in Bowie's Dead Heads series depicting band members, friends and the rocker himself.

Cowley Abbott says the consignor purchased the portrait for $5 after finding it in a pile of second-hand goods in South River near North Bay, Ont.

The auction house says the winning bid was placed by a private U.S. collector. The price includes auction house fees.

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