David Bowie's last album Blackstar was described as his 'parting gift' to his fans – and it certainly seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. It has been revealed that David had one last trick up his sleeve for all those who bought the record, which has only just come to light.
The album cover for Blackstar contains a black-shaped star on the front, and a fan has discovered that if you leave the sleeve in the sun, that star then transforms into a galaxy of shining stars; once the light source is removed, the stars fade away.
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David Bowie final surprise for his fans has been revealed
The news of the secret album art work was first revealed on the popular picture sharing site imgur, when the user posted a photo of the sleeve, writing alongside: "A friend discovered that if you expose the Blackstar gatefold to sunlight a star field appears. What a beautiful secret."
No has been more delighted, or thrilled, about the discovery of the hidden message than David's son Duncan Jones. In a heartfelt tweet, he wrote: "Leaving us surprises even now. So clever. So missed."
A fan only discovered the Blackstar secret this week
David's 25th studio album, which came out on 8 January - his 69th birthday, and just two days before his death - was the first that did not feature his photo on the cover. It has been the best-selling vinyl of the past year, beating Adele's hit record 25.
Shortly after David's death, his long-serving producer Tony Visconti confirmed that Blackstar was deliberately created as a "parting gift" for Bowie fans. "His death was no different from his life - a work of Art," he said. "He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift."