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Handwritten David Bowie lyrics a big draw at London auction

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Jul 04, 2013 | 2:12pm EDT

Handwritten lyrics by David Bowie have exceeded auction estimates after selling for $29,063 (£18,750) in London. The 1972 scrawl, which was signed and dated by the rock icon, was expected to fetch a maximum of $23,250 (£15,000) at the Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia event on Wednesday (03Jul13), but it proved to be one of the biggest draws of the day. A red Vox 12-string electric guitar the singer used while promoting his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was another popular lot, going under the hammer for $21,313 (£13,750), and an acoustic guitar played by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page was snapped up for $40,688 (£26,250). A lock of Sir Mick Jagger's hair was also a hot item at the event - as previously reported, it went for double its estimate and was sold for $6,200 (£4,000). Proceeds from the auction were donated to various charities, including Changing Faces, which supports people with facial disfigurements, and Action for Brazil's Children Trust, which benefits disadvantaged kids in the South American country.

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