David Bowie’s private art collection is going on display all over the world before being put up for auction.
Art has always been intertwined with the late singer/visionary’s career, aesthetic, and aura. Now, even after Bowie is gone, we have a chance to peak inside his brilliant mind through his art collection. We are finally able to see what captured his attention and held meaning for him. Check out this video preview of the collection!
The whole “Bowie/Collector” sale will take place over three separate auctions and include 400 items. Sotheby’s of London will be curating and hosting the auction this November 10th and 11th. In total the collection is expected to rake in over 13 million dollars. The singer clearly held come absolutely iconic pieces in his collection, which includes works by Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach, Harold Gilman, Peter Lanyon, Romuald Hazoumé, Ettore Sottsass, and Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni just to name a few.
Luckily, in case you can’t come up with a couple million dollars over the next five months, selected pieces from the collection will go on tour. From July 20th to August 9th the collection will be on display at Sotheby’s, London. Then the exhibition will come stateside and be displayed in Los Angeles from September 20th to the 21st. The collection’s next stop is New York, where it will be open for viewing from September 26th to the 29th. Finally, the David Bowie’s art will be displayed in Hong Kong from October 12th to the 15th before it returns to London.
You can check out a preview of the collection here in this slideshow that Sotheby’s put together. Or if you want to pre-order the full three part catalogue you can here for $143. Based off everything we know so far it’s already evident that Sotheby’s Europe chairman, Oliver Barker, was right on the money when he called Bowie’s collection “eclectic, unscripted, understated” and mentioned that it “offers a unique insight into the personal world of one of the 20th century’s greatest creative spirits.” I love this idea and I can’t wait to peak into this window to David Bowie’s spirit.