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Starman demo sells at auction

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A demo believed to contain the first recording of David Bowie's Starman has fetched £51,000 at auction.

The 1971 tape had gathered dust in a loft for almost 50 years after Bowie's guitarist Mick Ronson gave it to his friend Kevin Hutchinson, an aspiring musician.

But after listening to the song, Mr Hutchinson labelled it "David Bowie rehearsal tape" and packed it away in the attic.

The demo was auctioned on Tuesday in Merseyside.

Mr Hutchinson said of his decision to sell the demo: "I'm 65... I've started what they call on TV 'decluttering.'"

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A demo believed to be the first recording of David Bowie's hit song Starman, which he performed on the BBC in 1972 (above), is being put up for auction.

The 1971 tape had been packed away in a box and "totally forgotten about" for almost 50 years.

Bowie can be heard on the tape telling guitarist Mick Ronson that he had not finished the song when he tried to end the recording.

Ronson gave the demo to his friend Kevin Hutchinson, an aspiring musician, to help him learn the song in 1971.

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Mr Hutchinson listened to the song and labelled it "David Bowie rehearsal tape" and packed it away in his loft.

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The discovery also contains a recording of Hang Onto Yourself, as well as Moonage Daydream - which would appear on Bowie's seminal 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

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The tape was packed away and "totally forgotten about" for almost 50 years, says its owner.