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How David Bowie got his trademark blue and brown eyes: Childhood friend reveals how a fight over a girl left the Ziggy Stardust star with his mysterious differing pigments George Underwood accidentally ruptured Bowie's iris sphincter muscle in 1962 But he claims the Life On Mars hitmaker later thanked him for the iconic eyes  The image somewhat played into Bowie's flamboyant Ziggy Stardust alter-ego 

By Jack Elsom For Mailonline

Published: 02:11 BST, 15 June 2019 | Updated: 03:03 BST, 15 June 2019

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David Bowie was grateful to have been punched in the face as a teenager because it resulted in his trademark eyes, according to the man who walloped him. 

George Underwood, an old friend of the future music legend, revealed that childhood jostling over a girl they both liked led to him smacking Bowie and unintentionally rupturing his iris sphincter muscle.

But he claims the Life On Mars hitmaker later thanked him for the 1962 thump because his iconic blue and brown eyes played into his flamboyant Ziggy Stardust alter-ego.

David Bowie was reportedly grateful for being punched in the face because it caused his iconic blue and brown eyes that played into his flamboyant Ziggy Stardust alter-ego

David Bowie was reportedly grateful for being punched in the face because it caused his iconic blue and brown eyes that played into his flamboyant Ziggy Stardust alter-ego

George Underwood (left), an old friend of the future music legend (middle), revealed that childhood jostling over a girl they both liked led to him smacking Bowie and unintentionally damaging his iris sphincter muscle

George Underwood (left), an old friend of the future music legend (middle), revealed that childhood jostling over a girl they both liked led to him

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