The unnamed thrift store shopper only realized it was painted by the famous singer after finding his signature on the back.
Ontario auction house Cowley Abbott said there was “cautious excitement” when it was first contacted about the 1997 trabaja, as his paintings are rarely sold at auction. “The chance discovery of this treasure within a pile of discarded goods is quite remarkable,” the auction house said on its website.
El rockero, quien murió en 2016, studied painting in his youth and was an avid collector, according to the auction house.
Entre 1995 y 1997, Bowie painted a series of 47 portraits that he called “Dead Heads,” Cowley Abbott said and some of the paintings in the collection were likely inspired by his Ziggy Stardust period.