A Look at David Bowie’s Private Collection

Words by Elena Scarpa
November 15, 2016

David Bowie‘s private collection went under the hammer last week in two different sales at Sotheby’s in the singer’s hometown, London.

The sale total was 24,306,000 GBP. The proceeds of the sale will go to Bowie’s estate, which together with the auction house spent several months putting the auction together.

Main works of the auction included “Beautiful, Hallo, Space-Boy Painting” by British artist Damien Hirst together with David Bowie, the only work by the singer himself at this auction but not the only one by Hirst.

Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s “Air Power” highlights the relationship between the artist and Bowie which is also shown through Julian Schnabel’s film “Basquiat”, in which, in 1996, Bowie played the role of Andy Warhol.

Duchamp‘s “A Bruit Secret” was also in the auction and, as Bowie himself told the NY Times back in 1998 “Sometimes I wish that I could put myself in Duchamp’s place to feel what he felt when he put those things on show and said: ‘I wonder if they’ll go for this. I wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow morning’”.

“Leaf” by British duo Gilbert & George was also sold way above its high estimate.

All of the works sold provided e a unique insight into Bowie’s artistic vision and his passionate collecting journey.



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