A $4 painting purchased in a thrift store has been identified as an original David Bowie art work executed by the idol himself. Bought for $4.09 at a donation centre in South River, Ontario, Canada, the painting is currently up for auction with Cowley Abbott International Art Online Auction. The new lucky owner says she wants to remain anonymous.

It’s expected to be resold for anything up to $12,000. Other Bowie paintings have fetched upward of $30,000. The computer and acrylic collage is entitled 'D Head XLVI,' and shows the head of a so far unknown sitter. It’s part of a series Bowie did of between 1994 and 1997.

“There’s a label on the back and it quite clearly identifies the work, so the buyer wondered if it could be authentic,” says the auctioneer. So they contacted Andy Peters, “an expert on Bowie’s signature,” to confirm that the work was the real deal.

“The sitters ranged from band members, friends, and acquaintances and there were also some self-portraits,” the auctioneers said of the piece. “It has been suggested that, for some of these paintings, Bowie drew inspiration from the Ziggy Stardust era. This enigmatic portrait is truly a rare representation from a celebrated artist."

“We were able to identify the fact that the work was quite similar to many of the portraits, these smaller-type portraits from this series that Bowie had produced in the mid-’90s. Andy Peters, who is recognized as an expert in David Bowie’s signature and has a great familiarity with his artwork as well. He was quite enthusiastic, and quite quickly came back to us … and was able to say that, yes, it is an authentic work by the artist.”

What a lucky find!

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