The pre-booking stampede for the V&A exhibition David Bowie Is and the double-punch shock release of a new single and album, The Next Day, are testimony to the continued hypnotic and hysterical effect of the Thin White Duke. But the visual and aural Bowie tsunami is also happily accompanied by covetable souvenirs and memorabilia.
The V&A, true to quirky form, has a collectable range of art, fashion and interiors pieces, the highlight of which is Brian Duffy’s 1973 shots for Aladdin Sane reproduced as a diptych – one with eyes open, one with eyes shut – mounted to fit an A2 frame (pictured, £250). Devoted fans should also make a note that 50 copies of a limited-edition collectors’ book, Duffy… Photographer 2011 (£250), are available via online collectables site Vintage Seekers, and are signed by Duffy’s son and widow. These also include a print of the album cover, plus a rare outtake from the shoot.
Other V&A delights to which it’s worth beating a path include a suitably eerie life mask made by Nicholas Boxall as a make-up tester for the 1983 film The Hunger, in a limited edition of 300 (£125), and a screen-print with glitter gloss varnish of the classic White Duke image by Gregory Gilbert-Lodge, in a limited edition of 250 (£90). Currently available online, they will also be on sale in the shop from the exhibition’s opening.