Bowie's Personal Art Collection To Be Auctioned
Almost 300 items from Bowie's personal collection will be sold during a three-part auction at Sotheby's in London this November.
The impressive collection consists largely of modern British artists, works by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst feature in the collection, which also includes examples of Outsider Art, Surrealism, Contemporary African art and Bowie's record player, which is described by Sotheby's as a "wonderfully unconventional piece of 1960s Italian design".
Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni, Brionvega Radiophonograph, model no. RR 126, 1965.
"David Bowie's collection offers a unique insight into the personal world of one of the twentieth century's greatest creative spirits," said Oliver Barker, the chairman of Sotheby's Europe. In total, it is anticipated that the collection could sell for up to £10m.
Before the auctions take place on November 10-11, selected works will be displayed in London, Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong and then again at Sotheby's in London in a touring exhibition titled 'Bowie/Collector'.
London (July 20- August 9)
Los Angeles (September 20-21)
New York (September 26-29)
Hong Kong (October 12-15)
A spokesperson for the Estate of David Bowie said in a statement: "David's art collection was fuelled by personal interest and compiled out of passion. He always sought and encouraged loans from the collection and enjoyed sharing the works in his custody. Though his family are keeping certain pieces of particular significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired."
The main exhibition will take place at Sotheby's in London from November 1-10, ahead of the auctions on November 10 and 11.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Air Power", 1984. Estimate £2,500,000–3,500,000