The track, I do Believe I Love You, was recorded in 1966 before David Bowie had his first big hit
The unique acetate recording is expected to fetch up to £5,000 and has only previously been heard by a few people.
Bowie shot into the public consciousness with ‘Space Oddity’ three years later and went on to become an icon. He passed away in 2016.
The song was recorded when Bowie was signed to Orbit Music Publishing, whose owner also worked with The Who and The Kinks.
The track seemed destined to be forgotten until it was discovered by a private seller among a back catalogue collection.
It is now being sold by Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham, Wilts, on July 24 – and has been priced at between £3,000 and £5,000.
Auctioneer Martin Hughes said: “As one of only a few people in the world who has heard the recording, I am still amazed that this musical treasure has been uncovered after all of these years.
David Bowie has been named a greater entertainer than Charlie Chaplin in a vote by members of the British public.
The late singer-songwriter was chosen as the greatest entertainer in a poll conducted by BBC Two for their historical series Icons, also competing against Marilyn Monroe and Billie Holiday in the category.
— BBC (@BBC) January 16, 2019
The ‘Life On Mars’ singer, who died in January 2016, will now compete against the likes of Nelson Mandela and Ernest Shackleton in an additional poll to be named the greatest icon of the 20th century overall.
Actress Kathleen Turner submitted Bowie, Chaplin, Monroe and Holiday as the nominees in the entertainer category, making an impassioned case for each of them to win the accolade.
Turner said: “David Bowie raised the creative bar for all entertainers and that is why he truly deserves to be crowned the ultimate icon of the 20th century by the British public.”
Bowie is often considered one of the most influential and revered musicians of all time.
It’s perhaps no surprise that Life On Mars is Bowie’s most downloaded song in the UK. Originally featuring on 1971 album Hunky Dory, it wasn’t until Bowie found success with his Ziggy Stardust album that Life On Mars got some recognition. It finally became a single in 1973 and reached Number 3. (Source Official Charts)
Life On Mars found new fans when it was featured in a BBC drama of the same name. The show’s follow-up, Ashes To Ashes, was also named after a Bowie hit (Number 9 on this countdown).
|1||LIFE ON MARS||3||1973|
|2||UNDER PRESSURE (WITH QUEEN)||1||1981|
|8||ASHES TO ASHES||1||1980|
|9||WHERE ARE WE NOW||6||2013|
|11||PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY||3||1982|
|14||THE JEAN GENIE||2||1972|
|15||SOUND AND VISION||3||1977|
|17||ALL THE YOUNG DUDES||N/A||1995|
|18||DANCING IN THE STREET (WITH MICK JAGGER)||1||1985|
|19||MAGIC DANCE E.P.||N/A||1986|
|21||THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD||39*||1971|
|24||OH YOU PRETTY THINGS||N/A||1971|
|29||THE LAUGHING GNOME||6||1973|
|30||CAT PEOPLE (PUTTING OUT FIRE)||26||1982|
|31||FAME ’90 E.P.||28||1990|
|32||AS THE WORLD FALLS DOWN||N/A||1986|
|33||LIVE EP (WITH ARCADE FIRE)||N/A||2005|
|34||JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING||12||1972|
|36||WILD IS THE WIND||24||1981|
|37||ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE||22||1974|
|40||DRIVE IN SATURDAY||3||1973|
The music world was in mourning on January 11, 2016 following the announcement of the death of rock legend David Bowie.
From his humble beginnings as David Jones in Brixton, south London, to worldwide megastardom, David Bowie was never far from the charts.
In recognition of his hugely successful career, spanning six decades, we count down David Bowie’s Digital Top 40, the most downloaded songs from his impressive chart history.