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David Bowie Ziggy Stardust statue reaches £100k target

David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust phase. Image copyright AP
Image caption David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust phase, a persona unveiled in Aylesbury

A statue of singer David Bowie will go up in the town where he first performed as Ziggy Stardust following the success of a crowdfunding campaign.

More than 650 people pledged sums totalling more than the £100,000 goal, 19 hours before the deadline.

The statue will be put up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where Bowie unveiled his Ziggy character and two albums.

Campaigner David Stopps said it was an exciting moment and raising the cash means "the statue will now happen".

'Busting expectations'

More than 650 people pledged sums, from £10 to £6,000, for the bronze sculpture, enabling it to beat Tuesday's deadline to raise the cash.

Mr Stopps said: "We are very grateful to everybody. It's been a Biblical 40 days. The bottom line now is that the statue will happen."

About 30% of the pledges were from outside the UK.

Adele's record company and 80s musician, Howard Jones were among six donators giving £6,000.

Bowie's booking agent, John Giddings born in nearby Hertfordshire pledged £5,000.

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Image caption Bowie first performed tracks from his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars in Aylesbury

Bowie performed as Ziggy during gigs at the town's Friars music venue in the early 1970s.

Bowie played a gig at the club in September 1971 where he gave the world debut of Hunky Dory.

The statue will be sited under arches in the Market Square which Bowie referenced in Five Years, the opening track of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars album.

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Image caption Sculptor Andrew Sinclair is using the mask taken from Bowie's face during the filming of The Man who Fell to Earth to create the likeness

The statue is being designed by sculptor, Andrew Sinclair, who has also made commissions for the Queen.

Speakers above the statue will play a Bowie track every hour.

Organisers still have to raise a further £50,000 which they say is "easily possible" through grants and direct donations.

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