'First' David Bowie Starman demo sells at auction for?51,000">
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A demo of David Bowie's hit song Starman - and a snippet of Hang Onto Yourself
A demo tape that is believed to contain the first recording of David Bowie's Starman has fetched
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The demo also contains recordings of Bowie songs Moonage Daydream and Hang Onto Yourself.
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Mr Hutchinson said: "I remember listening to it and thinking, 'This is OK.' I didn't think, 'This is fantastic.'"At 16, you're not totally impressed. Nothing impresses you."He kept the tape despite moving house several times and now Mr Hutchinson thinks it's "phenomenal... obviously".Starman, about an alien who'd "like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds" was released as a single in 1972, reaching number 10 in the UK chart. It also featured on the Ziggy Stardust concept album.
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The demo was auctioned on Tuesday at Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.Mr Hutchinson retrieved the tape from his loft after watching a documentary about Bowie, who died at the age of 69 in 2016.Mr Hutchinson said of his decision to sell the demo: "I'm 65... It's not used in my life... so I've started what they call on TV 'decluttering.'"
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Dan Hampson, assistant auction manager at Omega Auctions, said the tape was "possibly the first ever demo version of Starman".He added: "There's a lot of Bowie mythology around the writing of this timeless classic, and the raw and truly beautiful version heard here helps to provide a fascinating insight into the creative process of a bona fide genius."Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email
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