I have been meaning to make this for some time. A chronological composite of David Bowie signatures from the mid 70's on to 2015. It is not as complete or neat as I'd like (not enough of earlier material for one) and I will add more observations regarding the signatures, but they are genuine and it does manage to show the evolution from C. 1976 on through the decades. There are scans and photographs of signed albums, album pages, playbills, IP, business cards, inserts, lithographs, books, scraps, photos, cards and a guitar. Various markers, pens and pencil. There are "open" and "closed" B' examples and some bits of handwriting also. I hope it is useful to you. The forgeries out there are largely of very poor quality, and usually fail from a lack of understanding regarding angle, basic construction and form. These examples are almost all dated. My favorites, oddly, are the 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2013 examples. The first 1993 example (with "open B") is in my collection and I like it because it appears a bit of a throwback in form and with that "o", and the bottom of the "B" looks like an axe blade. Comments and additions welcome. Click to see full image.


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Hello again,

Juxtaposed with these 28 Bowie signatures from 1976-2015 is one of the more common "preprints" from this period - the "signature" inside the 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour book. An earlier example can be found on the ISOLAR 2 tour book. I'll try to post one later.


This is amazing. Thank you for doing this!

Hi Jacob,

 You are welcome. It was your post that reminded me and got me to finish it.


Amazing post.  Cheers!

Hi Eric,

It's great that you've done this. Thank you!

I'll add an autographed photo that I found in 1988. The seller told me he got it in-person in New York (1980/81?) when Bowie was playing in The Elephant Man there.

Below that is a signature page from the 2012 Bowie/Sukita photo book that Genesis put out. They've done a lot of Bowie books and photos, now sold out, but there are numerous signature examples shown on their site (Genesis Publications). 

Below that are two vintage signature pages that if real would be from the 1960s. I found the first one in 1989 and always wondered about its authenticity. I couldn't find any of the other signers until today when I found this web site (click here) that shows someone named Chow who played with Bowie in 1966 - the year that he became David Bowie. The other one was on eBay in 2000. That seller, who was in England, can't be correct when he describes "early 60's," but the style of both is similar. Your thoughts?


Hello JJ,

 Thanks. The first looks good - kind of dark to see. The second obviously. The two others perhaps another member will comment on - this earlier stuff I have seen much less off. Of the last two I prefer the second FWIW.


I'm finding the one that is second from the bottom is too neat and therefore looking forged. Here's another vintage one that probably won't be up much longer on eBay, but it's got great info. For when it's gone, here's the main image: 

Second from the bottom going up? I don't like the index card.



Some things to add. Secretarials that are genuine, some unusual but authenticated 1980's signatures from the period around the time of the Broadway run of the Elephant Man (largely in person perhaps) and a bit more.

These are all C. 1976-80. You can see the a clear version of the start of his later more defined and stable signature with the loops in the closeup portrait Elepant Man b/w, also second row, second from right displays the form to come. You can see the extreme variation is his signature at this time, but all one hand.

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Some additional 1978/70 sigs that support the sigs lower left above. The red shows '78 the start of the sharp right paraph running off the "o". That is all one stroke Once established, the paraph changes angle vert little and remains for the rest of his life.

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And now for some early lopped examples in chronological order:

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To keep up with the other threads -  here is the "triple B" on the left from 1980 that shows the "secretarials" to be authentic.


Hello All,

Here are some scans I put together that show the evolution of Bowie's signature form. I have written comments that I am working on for this posting, but I must finish them. The scans below show the same basic construction from 1976  on to 2013 - one can see how the "typical" 90's autograph was constructed. The 1990 example provided is a clean and neat signature that is easy to follow from start to finish.

Various 2013 Man Who Fell to Earth cards. There were 50 "with hat" cards, and 50 "without hat" cards signed.


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