Primarily to show any interested party how much David Bowie's autograph changed between 1963 and his death in 2016. By including hundreds of genuine Bowie examples, this site illustrates how his signature could vary vastly - sometimes within a matter of minutes.
The gallery contains nearly 500 examples of genuine David Bowie autographs and in the blog section, many examples of his hand writing via lyrics and personal letters .
As Bowie's autograph becomes an asset (as it has done since January 2016, increasing in value by up to 300%) there has been a significant uplift in people exploiting his signature with fakes ranging from the very credible to the outright ridiculous.
My last evaluation of a global auction website showed that of the 640 Bowie autographs that were being offered for sale on the UK edition of the site, only 23 were genuine.
My thanks to Mark G, Dave L (at RCA) Ed S , Steve V (at Virgin) and Bob.
Special thanks to Eric Keith Longo.
1963-65 - Davie Jones
1962- Sept 65 : signed as Davie Jones
1965- 1972: signed as David Bowie
1965-72 - David Bowie
David signed his full name up until 1972 when his fame exploded with Ziggy Stardust - he was signing thousands more autographs as a result of his new found success.
1972-76 - Bowie
When possible he would sign his full name - he dropped David altogether at the end of 1973 (with the rare exception) - from then on it was just Bowie and he added the year signed from 1974.
1976-2015 - Bo
When asked why he abbreviated his autograph to just two letters, he explained it was easier due to the many oil paintings he was churning out in 1976. From then until 2015 it would be just Bo, with the year of signing, again with rare exceptions such as when he signed letters or contracts.