Sonic Reducers | Bowie Gets Thrifty

Just how did an original painting by Ziggy Starduce end up in an Ontario store?

You know what they say about one man’s trash. But I bet nobody in Northern Ontario ever expected they’d be saying it about a painting by David Bowie.

In what easily qualifies as the weirdest story I’ve heard lately, it turns out that someone in a thrift store near North Bay got the bargain of a lifetime recently when they found an original portrait by none other than the former Ziggy Stardust himself. Titled D Head XLVI and measuring about 8″ x 10″, it’s apparently one of a series of paintings Bowie did back in the ’70s. But how did it make its way to Ontario? How did it end up in a thrift shop? And how much will it go for when it goes up on the auction block later this month — it’s estimated to be worth about $10,000, but that seems kind of low to me. And to world-renowned publicist and commentator Eric Alper, aka my Sonic Reducers partner in crime. Join us for today’s episode as we play The Price Is Right: Ziggy Stardust Edition, speculate that maybe The Thin White Duke isn’t really dead after all, and give Eric a quick lesson in how Roman numerals work. Sonic Reducers: One story. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know.