The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted
by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid's genitalia. The genitalia were quickly airbrushed out for the 1974 LP's gatefold sleeve.
Very few copies of this original cover made their way into circulation at the time of the album's release. According to the record-collector publication Goldmine price guides, these albums have been among the most expensive record collectibles of all time, as high as thousands of US dollars for a single copy.
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor. Bowie was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, principally in the 1970s and 1980s. Bowie's first hit song, Space Oddity, reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. He re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
His last album Blackstar was released on his 69th birthday, two days before his death (cancer). Bowie has sold an estimated 140 million records worldwide.