David Bowie Art Collection will be auctioned

The private collection of David Bowie, with pieces by Basquiat and Damien Hirst, will be shown publicly for the first time and sold at auction in November.

The collection kept away from public attention during the 50 years of David Bowie’s career, which is about to change. Between 1 and 10 November, the collection assembled by the artist, disappeared in January, it will be shown at Sotheby’s in London. Before that, they are prepared small previews that let realize the value of the collection, the first of which between 20 July and 9 August in the British capital (here are Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong).

David Bowie art collection auction - Damien Hirst, “Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting,” 1995 Household gloss on canvas David Bowie David Bowie Art Collection will be auctioned David Bowie art collection auction Damien Hirst    Beautiful Shattering Slashing Violent Pinky Hacking Sphincter Painting    1995 Household gloss on canvas
Damien Hirst, “Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting,” 1995 Household gloss on canvas

The exhibition of objects prior to the auction, a sale in three parts of 400 pieces that belonged to David Bowie. Among them, 200 works that represent the most important British art of the twentieth century – Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst, according to the statement from Sotheby’s. There is also a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, the most valuable of the collection goes to auction, according to the BBC, with an estimated between 2.5 million pounds and 3.5. (Between € 3 and 4 million). It was purchased a year after the musician have interpreted the artist’s mentor role, Andy Warhol, cinema.

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This set includes pieces of Outsider Art, Surrealism, contemporary African art, works of Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group, expressions of his famous “inquiring mind”, describes Sotheby’s.

David Bowie art collection auction - Ettore Sottsass “‘€˜Casablanca’ Sideboard,” 1981 David Bowie David Bowie Art Collection will be auctioned David Bowie art collection auction Ettore Sottsass           Casablanca    Sideboard    1981
Ettore Sottsass “‘€˜Casablanca’ Sideboard,” 1981

“Art was seriously the only thing I ever wanted. It has always been a stable food. Use it. You can change the way I feel in the morning. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going, “said David Bowie, in an interview with New York Times in 1998.

Another of the pieces that will be displayed to the public is the musician turntable, a design piece of the 60s.

David Bowie art collection auction - Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni Brionvega “Radiophonograph, model no RR 126,” 1965 David Bowie David Bowie Art Collection will be auctioned David Bowie art collection auction Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni Brionvega    Radiophonograph model no RR 126    1965
Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni Brionvega “Radiophonograph, model no RR 126,” 1965

A spokesman who spoke on behalf of the legacy of David Bowie said through Sotheby’s, “the David Bowie Art Collection lives of personal interests and has been built with passion.” “He always sought and encouraged loan collection and liked to share the work,” he said. “Although the family keep some parts with particular meaning, it was time to have other opportunities to enjoy – and get – art and objects that he admired so much.”

Anticipating the interest that the auction could generate, treating a planetary fame musician, Sotheby’s organizes four previews of what will be auctioned in four cities:

London – July 20 to August 9

Los Angeles – and 21 and September 21

New York – 26 to 29 September

Hong Kong – 12 to 15 October

The auction itself takes place in three parts:

November 10 – Modern and Contemporary Art

November 11 – Modern and Contemporary Art

November 11 – postmodernist Design: Ettores Sottsass and the Memphis group

The paintings can reach £ 10 million, ie 12 million euros.

David Bowie art collection auction - Frank Auerbach, “Head of Gerda Boehm,” 1965 Oil on board David Bowie David Bowie Art Collection will be auctioned David Bowie art collection auction Frank Auerbach    Head of Gerda Boehm    1965 Oil on board
Frank Auerbach, “Head of Gerda Boehm,” 1965 Oil on board
David Bowie art collection auction - Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Air Power,” 1984 Acrylic and oilstick on canvas David Bowie David Bowie Art Collection will be auctioned David Bowie art collection auction Jean Michel Basquiat    Air Power    1984 Acrylic and oilstick on canvas
Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Air Power,” 1984 Acrylic and oilstick on canvas

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Source: Huffington Post

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