David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ Vinyl Nets Over 10K On EBay
Collectors seeking David Bowie vinyl are quick to take notice when rare copies of his 1971 âHunky Doryâ album appear on the market. The trained eye searches for the limited pressing (500 copies) hoping to score what is widely known as the BowPromo; an extremely rareÂ album promoting selections from âHunky Dory.â No training could have prepared collectors for this unique, preview copy that recently surfaced and sold for over $10 thousand on eBay.
This vinyl is the earliest, complete version of âHunky Doryâ known to exist andÂ could trumpÂ theÂ dream ofÂ owning theÂ collectibleÂ BowPromo. Bowieâs then-manager Tony DeFries was desperate to get Bowie in the spotlight and when the limited BowPromo failed to create the awareness he desired, he pressed up a handful of these records to promote his soon to be superstar.
This copy of âHunky Doryâ is pressed on the Gem label and features all 11 songs. A contact address and phone number is clearly printed on the lime green label for easy access to managementÂ while the sleeve features theÂ handwritten name, title and date. Though Bowie had already signed a three-record contract with RCA in the U.K. a month earlier,Â DeFries’Â persistence secured a major deal for Bowie in the unchartedÂ U.S.A..
This version is rare on so many levels that it will remain unmatched until another copy surfaces. The packaging is especially unique in that it has a gatefold sleeve containing press pockets that house carefully selected Bowie reviews and interviews. The sepia toned photo used for the cover print is also of interest as it would undergo a pastelÂ colored makeover for its official release. Some light cover wear and hairline scratches are noted in the grading but given the recordâs age that can be expected.
Previously, we listed âChangesâ as one of our favorite Bowie songs and when it comes to finding a rarity like this, singing along to âch-ch-ch-ch-changesâ could easily sound off a âch-ch-ch-ch-ching!â