David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s

BY Tanika D’souza / Nov 1 2016 / 15:40 PM

The collection was fuelled by the late singer’s passion for all things art

David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s
Portrait of David Bowie. Photography by Gavin Evans
David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s
Damien Hirst with David Bowie. 'Beautiful, hallo, space-boy' painting, 1995. Household gloss on canvas, diameter: 213.4 cm
David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s
Jean-Michel Basquiat. 'Untitled', 1984 acrylic, spray paint and paper collage on canvas, 105 by 105 cm
David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s
John Bellany. 'Fishermen in the Snow', 1965. Oil on board, 243 by 183 cm
David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s
David Bomberg. 'Sunrise in the Mountains', Picos de Asturia, 1935. Oil on canvas 59 by 67 cm
David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s
Erich Heckel. 'Männerbildnis' (Portrait of a Man), 1919. Woodcut printed in black, blue, green and ochre, image: 46.2 by 32.6cm.; sheet: 50.3 by 36.7 cm
David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s
Ettore Sottsass. ‘Casablanca Sideboard’, designed in 1981, plastic-laminated wood, 231 by 158 by 39 cm
David Bowie’s Dhs45 Million Art Collection To Go On Sale at Sotheby’s
Achille And Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Radio-phonograph, model no. RR126, designed in 1966 plastic-laminated wood, painted aluminum, polycarbonate, on castors, 63 by 125 by 36 cm

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.