It couldn't be done without dogs...
A copy of the original RCA uncensored Diamond Dogs sleeve sold for an unbelievable sum on eBay today. Few of the legendary sleeves are thought to have survived and after a furious last-minute bidding frenzy the price of this particular one climbed to an astonishing US $8,988.00. This is thought to be the most ever paid for a record sleeve alone, as there wasn't even a copy of the album with it.
Pre-release publicity surrounding the Guy Peellaert painting, (that depicted Bowie as half-human half-canine) caused such a furore at the time that all but a handful of the printed covers were scrapped to make way for the more familiar, sensitively airbrushed version that became commercially available.
Click on the dog's cock above to go to the eBay page where you can read a little more of the history of the sleeve. While you're there, take a look at the bid history and marvel at the extravagance, as you realise you could never afford one of these beauties... I know I can't!
Stay tuned for an exciting Diamond Dogs related competition shortly.