David Bowie, Aladdin Sane Contact Sheet, 1973
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David Bowie, Aladdin Sane Contact Sheet, 1973

By Brian Duffy
About the image

16 images taken during the Aladdin Sane Album Cover session that Duffy shot with Bowie in 1973 arranged around the iconic final image. The contact sheet reveals David’s permanently dilated left eye. One of his most recognisable features gifted to him by lifelong friend George Underwood in 1962 during a fight over a girl. This contact sheet also shows Duffy's handwritten job number and numbering of the images. 

Taken by Duffy during the second of Five Sessions with David Bowie – This is the contact sheet from Duffy’s best-known photoshoot which dates from 1973. This session produced the iconic and revolutionary cover of David Bowie’s album Aladdin Sane, a shot that became the defining look of Bowie’s long career, and has been referred to as the “Mona Lisa of pop.”

** Including one of the most famous and beloved images in Rock & Roll, this photograph has been exceptionally sought-after by collectors of this genre - as well it should be! These signed editions are increasingly rare, very few pieces remain in the 24" x 24" and 40" x 40" sizes. For this reason we can not post prices - please contact us for the latest information.

Collector's Note:

This image is available as a SIGNED limited edition. 

In 2009-2010 Duffy and his son Chris produced these editions and Duffy signed them shortly before his death. Please note: Only 75 of the 100 printed in the 15" x 15" size are signed, and any unsigned pieces are not available for sale.

The front of each SIGNED photograph bears the signature on the lower right and the official Duffy Archive seal embossed on the lower left. All prints are signed and authenticated on the rear by Chris Duffy with full print details including a unique reference number. Each print is also issued a certificate of authenticity.

Release Notes:

Available Duffy Archive photographs are listed below. Please note that these are IMAGE SIZES, so the artwork itself will actually be several inches larger on each dimension. Please see the guide below to better estimate final artwork size:

15" x 15" image size = approximate 20" x 22" sheet size
24" x 24" image size = approximate 30" x 32" sheet size
40" x 40" image size = approximate 44" x 48" sheet size

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David Bowie, Aladdin Sane Contact Sheet, 1973
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