David Bowie's earliest known studio recording as a lead singer is expected to sell for at least $ 13,000 when auctioned later this year. The band with the 16-year-old Bowie – then still under his name David Jones – as lead singer of his early group The Konrads belongs to a collection of memorabilia, which sold the former band drummer David Hadfield. He found the tape in a "breadbox", after the BBC, during a movement in the 1990s and kept his existence quiet until the auction offer was released today.
The recording – hear a short clip below – is a typical beat song of the era, with Bowie's voice almost weird. He was the then saxophonist of the band.
"Our agent, Eric Easton, who also ran the Rolling Stones, asked us to make a demo so he could offer us an auction at Decca [Records]," recalls Hadfield in the Omega auction list. "So we booked the small studio RG Jones in Morden in early 1
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said in the listing, "For Bowie collectors, this is truly a significant recording, completely unique and of great historical interest, the earliest studio recording of a young musician who would become a superstar."
The footage and accompanying material will be auctioned in September.