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David Bowie’s Private Art Collection Unveiled

SEEN is a huge fan of all things Bowie-related, so what better way to remember the Thin White Duke by admiring his personal art collection - including important paintings by 20th Century Masters – which will tour the world, ending up in London to lead a major 10-day exhibition and auction at Sotheby's. Be the first to get a glimpse at the preview from 20th July - 9th August, before the collection goes on the road.

SEEN is a huge fan of all things Bowie-related, so what better way to remember the Thin White Duke by admiring his personal art collection – including important paintings by 20th Century Masters – which will tour the world, ending up in London to lead a major 10-day exhibition and auction at Sotheby’s. Be the first to get a glimpse at the preview from 20th July – 9th August, before the collection goes on the road.

Around 30 selected works from the late musician’s private collection, which comprises over 400 pieces, will tour the world before the full collection is being put up for auction later in the year. From 1st – 10th November this year, Bowie’s full collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London. “Bowie/Collector” is a three-part sale, that will include a richly stimulating group of over 200 works by many important British artists of the 20th Century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst.

Bowie’s collecting was by no means limited to British art: from pioneers such as Marcel Duchamp and Jean-Michel Basquiat, contemporary African art and ‘Outsider’ artists from the Gugging Institute in Vienna, the collection is truly breathtaking in its scope, encompassing paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photographs. It reveals a collector of far-reaching interests, intellectual rigour and subtle vision.

The landmark November exhibition will be preceded by a series of previews around the world. Further exhibitions will follow in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. The sale catalogue will be available in early October. The preview is high on SEEN’s must-see list. It’s the perfect chance to appreciate David Bowie as a true Renaissance man, and contextualise his cultural influence.

Frank Auerbach Head of Gerda Boehm, 1965 Oil on board £300,000-500,000
Frank Auerbach
Head of Gerda Boehm, 1965
Oil on board
£300,000-500,000
Jean-Michel Basquiat Air Power, 1984 Acrylic and oilstick on canvas £2.5-3.5m
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Air Power, 1984
Acrylic and oilstick on canvas
£2.5-3.5m
Damien Hirst Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting, 1995 Household gloss on canvas £250,000-350,000
Damien Hirst
Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent,
Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting, 1995
Household gloss on canvas
£250,000-350,000
Ettore Sottsass ‘Casablanca’ Sideboard, 1981 £4,000-6,000
Ettore Sottsass
‘Casablanca’ Sideboard, 1981
£4,000-6,000
Harold Gilman Interior (Mrs Mounter), 1917 Oil on canvas £150,000-250,000
Harold Gilman
Interior (Mrs Mounter), 1917
Oil on canvas
£150,000-250,000
Romuald Hazoumé Alexandra, 1995 Found objects £5,000-£7,000
Romuald Hazoumé
Alexandra, 1995
Found objects
£5,000-£7,000
Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni Brionvega Radiophonograph, model no RR 126, 1965 £800-1,200
Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni
Brionvega Radiophonograph, model no RR 126, 1965
£800-1,200
Peter Lanyon Witness, 1961 Oil on canvas £250,000-350,000
Peter Lanyon
Witness, 1961
Oil on canvas
£250,000-350,000

London Highlights Preview Exhibition
20 July–9 August
Exhibition times: 09:00–16:30 (weekdays only)
Sotheby’s 1-2 St George Street, London, W1S 2FE
Open to the public and free of charge

www.sothebys.com/BowieCollector

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