This photo was taken in 1976.
It was taken after Bowie was arrested on marijuana possession charges in his hotel room in Rochester, New York, along with Iggy Pop and a bodyguard.
The photo was uncovered when an auction house employee called Gary Hess was clearing out the estate of a retired police officer.
The photo was actually taken when Bowie showed up for his arraignment, rather than in the early hours of the morning when he was arrested.
The courthouse was besieged by fans. Bowie, who was on tour at the time of his arrest, pleaded not guilty to the charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The judge, Alphonse Cassetti, allowed Bowie to remain free on bond, and his tour continued. The grand jury eventually decided not to indict any of the three.