The private art collection of David Bowie is to go on display for the first time before being sold at auction.
Bowie died of Cancer in January, was art collector and served on the editorial board of Modern Painters magazine. His collection never been revealed to the public before includs 267 paintings, more than 120 items of 20th Century furniture and sculpture. Among them, works by artists such Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland , Frank Auerbach and Marcel Duchamp. One item is striking: a 1960s stereo cabinet created by the Italian designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The paintings are expected to fetch more than £10 million.
A spokesman for Bowie’s estate said: “David’s art collection was fuelled by personal interest and compiled out of passion.
“He always sought and encouraged loans from the collection and enjoyed sharing the works in his custody. Though his family are keeping certain pieces of particular significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired.”
Bowie’s collection opens at Sotheby’s in London next week, from 20 July-9 August.
The works will then travel to Los Angeles and New York from 20-21 September, and from 26-29 September. Than will tour to Hong Kong, from 12-15 October, before returning to London. The sale will be held Nov. 10-11. on Sotheby’s in London.