- Stage Suit from the Glass Spider Tour, 1987
- gold leather, reptillian embellishments, cotton, ink,paper
He drew on a wide variety of inspirations for the tour - from modern dance particularly - naming German choreographer Pina Bausch as an important influence. Peter Frampton also joined Bowie on guitar for the duration ("I don't have a book to sell; I don't have an album to sell; I'm just here as a guitarist. The pressure is off. I'm enjoying myself.") Notwithstanding some criticism at the time, The Glass Spider tour greatly influenced the next generation of musicians to incorporate more theatrical elements into their tours.
The outfit on offer was worn in tandem with a pair of electric blue wings, and winged cowboy boots (not included in this lot) as Bowie descended into the venue on a harness singing "Time" in the latter portion of the concert. He wore this outfit through the encore, singing "Fame," "Blue Jean," "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "White Light / White Heat" and "Modern Love" along the way.
Stage worn clothing from David Bowie is exceptionally scarce - a costume from the same tour sold for $37,500 earlier this year - the only comparable example at auction.