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David Bowie Homes Reveal Brilliant Real Estate Market Trades

Posted by GAbragan on Mar 10, 2016 05:15 AM EST
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Photographer Mick Rock attends the TASCHEN Gallery opening reception for 'Mick Rock: Shooting For Stardust - The Rise Of David Bowie & Co.' at TASCHEN Gallery on September 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images) (Photo : Credit: Angela Weiss / Getty Images)

British glam rock icon David Bowie tragically passed away in January at the age of 69, leaving an impeccable legacy behind. On top of the artist's huge royalties throughout his performing career, Bowie was also a brilliant property mogul.

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During his lifetime, Bowie traveled all over the world, renting and owning units in Los Angeles, New York, Lausanne, Mustique, Sydney and London.

Rarely-published images of his abandoned London manor offer some insight into the shy side of this one of a kind performer. Bowie spent years creating and designing a house in London's Gilston Road, Chelsea, with designer Jonathan Reed, Telegraph reported. The property was never occupied by the artist due to the incessant media and paparazzi invasion of privacy in the United Kingdom. He lived out most of his later years in his penthouse loft in Manhattan's Soho district, adjacent to his management company offices.

Later on, the singer songwriter sold the four storey London home in 2009 for £7.2 million. Photographs giving a look inside Bowie's abandoned London residence have been released by photographer Ken Hayden. Bowie reportedly made a secret final trip to this London manor to pay an emotional farewell after being diagnosed with cancer.

The iconic singer also had a loft on the Caribbean island of Mustique, which he sold in 1995 for £3.5 million to late publisher Felix Dennis, who passed away in 2014, Daily Mail reported. It appears to have recently been put on the market again by agent Knight Frank, where it is listed as under offer with a price on request reported to be £14 million.

Bowie also owned a 19th century manor in Switzerland, for which he sold for a reported £2.5 million in 1999. This also marks the same year when he sold a home in Los Angeles for an amount believed to be £5 million.

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