Bowie's Jean Genie lyrics beat estimate by 25% at Bonhams

David Bowie's handwritten lyrics to Jean Genie have sold for £18,750 ($28,480) at Bonhams this afternoon, making a 25% increase on the £15,000 high estimate.

Bowie Jean Genie lyrics
According to Bowie, Jean Genie is a 'smorgasbord of imagined Americana', with its protagonist inspired by Iggy Pop

The lyrics formed part of Bonhams' Entertainment Memorabilia sale, which is currently taking place in London.

Also starring was a Vox guitar that can be seen in several important photographs of Bowie, which made £13,750 ($21,000) against an identical estimate.

David Bowie vox guitar auction
This photograph was taken by Masayoshi Sukita and used in the catalogue for the sell-out David Bowie Is exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum

The lyrics to Jean Genie, one of Bowie's most famous songs, were gifted to the leader of his New York fan club shortly after the song was released in 1972.

The 12-string guitar was purchased for the star in 1971 and featured in the catalogue for David Bowie Is, a sell-out 2013 exhibition celebrating the artist at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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