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A rare David Bowie acoustic guitar is headed to auction and it has an interesting backstory.

The Takamine acoustic guitar will go up for bid via Omega Auctions on April 27. Per the auction’s description, the guitar is “…signed with an inscription ‘Ground Control To Major Tom’ by David Bowie, dated 2003. This is one of only two known guitars that have been signed with this inscription.”

The description details, “The vendor won a signed Bowie guitar in a 2002 online charity auction (for ‘Bikers Against Drunk Drivers’) but it arrived in a damaged state. He contacted BowieNet who put him in touch with Bowie’s management company, who promptly organized the sending of a replacement guitar. This guitar arrived with clear evidence of having been used (scratches on scratch plate) so it is thought that this could have been one that David had been playing at the time. The vendor has supplied the auction house with proof of his purchase from the charity auction.”

The Bowie guitar is estimated to sell for between £5,000 and £7,000 ($6992 and $9789 USD.) Considering its unique backstory, however, don’t be shocked if this piece of Bowie memorabilia goes for significantly more.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.