David Bowie Museum Exhibit Sets Ticket Presale Record
David Bowie may not have topped this week’s Billboard charts, but he’s still No. 1 in the U.K. — and a hot draw at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, where an upcoming Bowie exhibit has already sold tens of thousands of tickets.
Sky News (via the NME) reports that the show, which is scheduled to kick off Saturday (March 23) and run through August, will treat viewers to “300 Bowie related artefacts, including photographs, film, set designs, handwritten lyrics and 60 stage costumes” — including original Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane outfits, as well as the coat Bowie wore on the cover of his ‘Earthling’ album.
Tickets cost £15.40, which is about $23 at current exchange rates — and apparently an irresistible bargain for plenty of Bowie fans. As a museum spokesperson told Sky News, “We have sold over 47,000 tickets for the exhibition. It is the most pre-sale tickets that we have ever recorded for an exhibition.”
It’s pretty good timing for a Bowie celebration, as his new album, ‘The Next Day,’ debuted at the top of the U.K. charts this week, setting a British album sales record for 2013. While London-based fans wait to find out whether rumors of a tour will prove true, this peek into the Bowie archives might be the next best thing.