David Bowie’s Personal Art Collection to be Unveiled for the First Time
July 15, 2016: This November, Sotheby’s will stage “Bowie/Collector” – a three-part sale comprising around 400 items from the private collection of David Bowie. At its heart will be Bowie’s collection of Modern and Contemporary British art – a group of over 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th-century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Bowie’s collection also includes Outsider Art, Surrealism, Contemporary African art and the work of the eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group.
From November 1 to November 10, Bowie’s private collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, giving fans, art historians and collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in the art and objects that informed his private world. These include Bowie’s record player of choice: a piece of 1960s Italian design. The November exhibition will be preceded by a series of previews around the world, starting with a three-week exhibition of selected works in London this summer, running from July 20 until August 9. Further exhibitions will follow in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong.