Hundreds of artworks owned by the late David Bowie will be auctioned by Sotheby’s later this month, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Frank Auerbach and Stanley Spencer. Whilst Bowie’s deep intellectual engagement with different facets of art was prevalent in his work, the collection on sale reveals an avid passion for the collection and acquisition of artwork.
His collection is as eclectic and thought-provoking as his music, with more than 350 artworks ranging from post-war British avant-garde painting to German Expressionism and surrealist pieces created in the aftermath of the first democratic elections in South Africa. The most valuable of the masterpieces is US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Air Power, which is expected to fetch up to £3.5m (approximately Dhs15.7 million) and was acquired by Bowie after he played Basquiat’s mentor, Andy Warhol in the 1996 film Basquiat. In addition to memorable artwork, on display is also more than 120 pieces of 20th-century sculpture and furniture including a Sixties record player by Italian designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and the Casablanca sideboard from the Milan-based Memphis group’s first collection in 1981.
Bowie/Collector will be open to visitors at Sotheby’s London from November 1-10. Before the auctions on November 10 and 11, there will be three days of talks and events from November 4-6, with speakers exploring Bowie’s love of collecting and his influence on fashion, art and design.
Click through the gallery above to see some of the pieces that will be on offer.