David Bowie's art collection set for exhibition, auction
David Bowie’s private art collection will receive a first-time public display before going up for auction this fall.
Sotheby’s will host the exhibition at New Bond Street galleries in London from Nov. 1 to 10, then sell the pieces Nov. 10 and 11.
The “Bowie/Collector” three-part sale will feature approximately 400 items from the late musician’s inventory, including pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, and Damien Hirst. It’s expected to fetch more than $13.2 million for Bowie’s family. The most expensive work, Basquiat’s “Air Power,” is valued between $2.5 to $3.5 million.
A selection of pieces slated for auction are available to browse on Sotheby’s website, while the full catalog is available to preorder. In addition to Bowie’s extensive catalog of paintings, the set also includes sculptures, furniture, and a ’60s record player designed by Italian brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.
Though art was largely ingrained in Bowie’s career, Sotheby’s noted that his collection “was something he kept almost entirely hidden from public view,” Rolling Stone reports.
Ahead of the official Sotheby’s exhibit, highlights from the collection will be displayed in London July 20 through Aug. 9, in Los Angeles Sept. 20 and 21, in New York Sept. 26 to 29, and in Hong Kong Oct. 12 to 15.