David Bowie’s personal art collection to go on exhibition ahead of auction sale

The Starman's 267-piece collection will be viewable to the public beginning in November

    For those disappointed they missed out on owning that lock of David Bowie’s hair that sold for over 18 grand at auction, take solace in knowing you can still own a piece of the late icon. Well, a piece of his art collection, at least. Sotheby’s will be auctioning off Bowie’s entire personal collection of artwork during an auction this November 10th and 11th.

    Prior to the sale, all 267 pieces will be on display at a public exhibition in London’s New Bond Street galleries from November 1st – 10th. After that, the paintings and furniture by the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, and Damien Hirst will go up for auction, where they’re expected to net something around $13.2 million for the Bowie family. That number includes the $2.5 – $3.5 million expected to be fetched by a single graffiti painting, Basquiat’s “Air Power”, which can be seen below.


    Calling the collection “eclectic, unscripted, understated,” Sotheby’s Europe chairman Oliver Barker said (via The Guardian), “David Bowie’s collection offers a unique insight into the personal world of one of the 20th Century’s greatest creative spirits.”


    A spokesman for the Bowie family added, “David’s art collection was fueled 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 personal significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired.”

    Below, check out more samples of some of the works that will be available for viewing and auction.

    Peter Lanyon, “Witness”:


    Harold Gilman, “Interior (Mrs Mounter)”: