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).
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Source: Huffington Post
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