David Bowie’s son has praised his “clever” father after the discovery of a secret hidden in the artwork of his final album.

Film director Duncan Jones posted a link to a story on NME.com that revealed users of image-sharing website imgur had discovered a touching secret hidden in the artwork of the vinyl edition of album Blackstar.

The album’s gatefold sleeve has a cut out of a black star, and if it is held up to sunlight (removing the record first), it transforms into a different image. Instead of a matte black star, an entire galaxy appears within the shape, in a touching and unexpected discovery.

Bowie’s 44-year-old son appeared to be previously unaware of the secret and tweeted the link with the caption: “Leaving us surprises even now. So clever. So missed.”

Blackstar, Bowie’s 28th studio album, was released on his 69th birthday. The album ended up being the star’s final farewell to his fans, as he died two days later on January 10 of liver cancer, leaving the world stunned.


His producer and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti previously shared in an interview: “Bowie always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way.

“His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it.”

The album debuted at number one in the UK and became Bowie’s first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 in the US.


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