The first-known David Bowie recording has gone under auction and sold for just under £40,000. The 18 minute recording from 1963 features a 16-year-old Bowie singing “I Never Dreamed” which he performed with his first band The Konrads. Back then he was still David Jones.
The demo was found earlier in the year by the Konrad's drummer David Hadfield in an old bread basket in his loft. The teenage Bowie song was rejected by record label Decca, but now has gone to sell for four times the estimated price of £10,000. Omega Auctions said it caused a “bidding frenzy” between two overseas bidders, and went for £39,360.
According to the BBC, auctioneer Paul Fairweather called the tape a "significant recording, completely unique" as it’s thought to be the only known recording of this song in existence. At the time Bowie played saxophone for The Konrads, but they got him to sing for this demo. Bowie left the band not long after the recording was made, the band remaining unsigned, with his hugely influential career eventually taking off a few years later with the release of “Space Oddity” in 1969.