His music touched a generation and art touched him in the very same way. This November, the late David Bowie’s personal art collection will be on show to the general public for the very first time.
Sotheby’s has announced that from November 1st through the 10th it will be exhibiting the collection at New Bond Street galleries in London, and then the collection will be set for auction on the 10th and 11th.
Bowie’s collection is expected to command a pretty penny, and should net the Bowie family in the region of more than $13.2 million.
One stand out piece is Basquiat’s “Air Power”; it is expected to sell for around $2.5-3.5 million.
Oliver Barker, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe said: “David Bowie’s collection offers a unique insight into the personal world of one of the 20th Century’s greatest creative spirits.” He described the set as “eclectic, unscripted, understated,” the Guardian reports.
Bowie’s interest in art is well known. He was a painter himself and used art and design throughout his career for the visual presentation of his work. This included his stage costumes, album covers, and videos.
A spokesman for Bowie’s estate said: “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 personal significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired.”
The impressive collection of 267 pieces will include works by noted artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, and Damien Hirst.
After it’s Initial run in London, the collection goes on to a world tour.
Check out the details below:
London Highlights Preview Exhibition
20 July–9 August
Exhibition times: 09:00–16:30 (weekdays only)
Sotheby’s 1-2 St George Street, London, W1S 2FE
Open to the public and free of charge
Highlights Preview World Tour:
Times of the World tour exhibitions to be announced shortly.
Bowie/Collector: 1–10 November, Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London
Part I: Modern & Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10 November
Part II: Modern & Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11 November
Part III: Post-Modernist Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11 November
Auction and ticketing details will be released in the Autumn.
Keep checking this page for further updates about the sale.
For more information, email Bowie@sothebys.com
Photos: Getty. Sotheby’s.