David Bowie's Jean Genie lyrics offered at Paddle8 Auctions

A set of David Bowie's signed, handwritten lyrics to The Jean Genie will cross the block at Paddle8 Auctions.

The lot is expected to sell for around $50,000-70,000 in an online sale of music memorabilia that closes on March 31.

Jean Genie Bowie
The Jean Genie is one of Bowie's most famous songs

It's dated 1972 and was gifted by the star to the head of the Original David Bowie Fan Club. While it's unknown whether these are the original lyrics, the sheet does date to the year of the song's release.

Bowie wrote The Jean Genie in model Cyrinda Foxe's New York apartment.

This is the only set of handwritten David Bowie lyrics ever to come to auction and as such could sell for substantially higher than estimate.

They last sold for £18,750 ($27,084) at Bonhams in 2013.

Paddle8 comments: "With characteristic foresight, Bowie is believed to have kept almost all of his original lyrics, notes, and manuscripts, creating an archive that spanned his entire career.

"As a result, major pieces of memorabilia rarely come on the market, and only a handful of key items have sold at auction over the years.

"This is the only set of complete handwritten lyrics to have come to auction."

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