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David Bowie’s private art collection unveiled in full

This summer SEEN showed a small selection of the works from David Bowie’s personal art collection to be exhibited and auctioned at Sotheby’s London in November. Now that the full scope of "Bowie/Collector" has been revealed, SEEN can’t wait any longer to share it with you.

This summer SEEN showed a small selection of the works from David Bowie’s personal art collection to be exhibited and auctioned at Sotheby’s London in November. Now that the full scope of “Bowie/Collector” has been revealed, SEEN can’t wait any longer to share it with you.

The full collection of over 350 works will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London from 1st to 10th November. But for those Bowie’s fans and art lovers like SEEN, who can’t wait any longer to discover the artist’s favourite works of art, Sotheby’s has just released the online catalogue where hundreds more works can be found, including an altarpiece by Tintoretto, as well as works of a vast array of modern and contemporary master artists such as Francis Picabia, Patrick Caulfield, David Bombert, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, or Marcel Duchamp. SEEN specially recommend to admire Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ‘Air Power’, which will go under the hammer on the evening of 10th November with an estimated cost between 2,500,000 and 3,500,000 pound sterling.

Evening Sale Lot 37 Francis Picabia (1879-1953) Mendica, 1929-30 (reworked in the mid-1930s) oil on canvas, 161.2 by 130cm. £600,000-800,000 / €705,000-940,000 / US$795,000-1,060,000
Evening Sale Lot 37
Francis Picabia (1879-1953)
Mendica, 1929-30 (reworked in the mid-1930s)
oil on canvas, 161.2 by 130cm.
£600,000-800,000 / €705,000-940,000 / US$795,000-1,060,000
Evening Sale Lot 43 Patrick Caulfield, R.A., C.B. E. (1936-2005) Foyer, 1973 acrylic on canvas 213 by 213cm. £400,000-600,000 / € 470,000-705,000 / US$ 530,000-795,000
Evening Sale Lot 43
Patrick Caulfield, R.A., C.B. E. (1936-2005)
Foyer, 1973
acrylic on canvas
213 by 213cm.
£400,000-600,000 / € 470,000-705,000 / US$ 530,000-795,000
Evening Sale Lot 17 David Bomberg (1890-1957) Sunrise in the Mountains, Picos de Asturia, 1935 oil on canvas 59 by 67cm. £150,000-250,000 / €177,000-294,000 / US$199,000-331,000
Evening Sale Lot 17
David Bomberg (1890-1957)
Sunrise in the Mountains, Picos de Asturia, 1935
oil on canvas
59 by 67cm.
£150,000-250,000 / €177,000-294,000 / US$199,000-331,000

Even though this is not the first time that many of these pieces are publicly showcased at museums, thanks to Bowie’s generous loans, the “Bowie/Collector” is a comprehensive review of his avid passion for collecting, which reflects his deep intellectual engagement with the works he personally chose to be surrounded by. Ranging from post-war British avant-garde painting centred at St Ives, to German Expressionism and works created in the aftermath of the first democratic elections in South Africa, Bowie’s art collection is as eclectic and thought-provoking as his music. Even the most exigent art collector would find it hard to choose just one piece that clearly outstands amongst so many masterworks.

Evening Sale Lot 1 Bernard Leach (1887-1979) Vase with ‘Leaping Fish Design’, circa late-1960s stoneware with a brushed tenmoku glaze, height: 33.5cm. £5,000-7,000 / €5,900-8,300 / US$6,700-9,300
Evening Sale Lot 1
Bernard Leach (1887-1979)
Vase with ‘Leaping Fish Design’, circa late-1960s
stoneware with a brushed tenmoku glaze, height: 33.5cm.
£5,000-7,000 / €5,900-8,300 / US$6,700-9,300
Evening Sale Lot 2 Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) St Ives Harbour, 1928 oil and coloured pencil on panel, 56.5 by 103.5cm. £50,000-70,000 / €59,000-82,500 / US$66,500-92,500
Evening Sale Lot 2
Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981)
St Ives Harbour, 1928
oil and coloured pencil on panel, 56.5 by 103.5cm.
£50,000-70,000 / €59,000-82,500 / US$66,500-92,500
Evening Sale Lot 4 Peter Lanyon (1918-1964) Trevalgan, 1951 oil on board 122 by 114cm. £200,000-300,000 / €235,000-353,000 / US$265,000-397,000
Evening Sale Lot 4
Peter Lanyon (1918-1964)
Trevalgan, 1951
oil on board
122 by 114cm.
£200,000-300,000 / €235,000-353,000 / US$265,000-397,000
Evening Sale Lot 5 Damien Hirst (b. 1965) with David Bowie (1947-2016) Beautiful, hallo, space-boy painting, 1995 household gloss on canvas, diameter: 213.4cm. £250,000-350,000 / €294,000-411,000 / US$331,000-463,000
Evening Sale Lot 5
Damien Hirst (b. 1965) with David Bowie (1947-2016)
Beautiful, hallo, space-boy painting, 1995
household gloss on canvas, diameter: 213.4cm.
£250,000-350,000 / €294,000-411,000 / US$331,000-463,000

The exhibition at Sotheby’s will include three days of talks and events (4–6 November) to learn more about Bowie’s passion for collecting and his influence on fashion, art and design.

Evening Sale Lot 31 Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, R.A. (1924-2005) Forms on a Bow No. 2, conceived in 1949 and cast in 1960 bronze length: 63cm. £70,000-100,000 / €82,500-118,000 / US$ 92,500-133,000
Evening Sale Lot 31
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, R.A. (1924-2005)
Forms on a Bow No. 2, conceived in 1949 and cast in 1960
bronze
length: 63cm.
£70,000-100,000 / €82,500-118,000 / US$ 92,500-133,000
Evening Sale Lot 34 Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) With Hidden Noise (A Bruit Secret), 1964 ball of twine (containing unknown object) between two brass plates joined by four long bolts height: 11.4cm. £180,000-250,000 / € 212,000-294,000 / US$ 238,000-331,000
Evening Sale Lot 34
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)
With Hidden Noise (A Bruit Secret), 1964
ball of twine (containing unknown object) between two brass plates joined by four long bolts
height: 11.4cm.
£180,000-250,000 / € 212,000-294,000 / US$ 238,000-331,000

On Friday, 4th November, Sotheby’s galleries will be open to the public all night long, with talks, guided tours, and a midnight film screening, giving unprecedented access to the collection.

Design Sale Lot 459 Peter Shire (b. 1947) ‘Big Sur’ Sofa, designed 1986 lacquered wood with wool upholstery, 96 by 211 by 71 cm. £3,000-5,000 / €3,550-5,900 / US$4,000-6,700
Design Sale Lot 459
Peter Shire (b. 1947)
‘Big Sur’ Sofa, designed 1986
lacquered wood with wool upholstery, 96 by 211 by 71 cm.
£3,000-5,000 / €3,550-5,900 / US$4,000-6,700
Design Sale Lot 422 Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) ‘Ashoka’ Lamp, designed 1981 lacquered and chromium-plated metal, 84.5 by 74 by 8 cm. £800-1,200 / €950-1,450 / US$1,100-1,600
Design Sale Lot 422
Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007)
‘Ashoka’ Lamp, designed 1981
lacquered and chromium-plated metal, 84.5 by 74 by 8 cm.
£800-1,200 / €950-1,450 / US$1,100-1,600

Until the exhibition opens next month, start discovering the extraordinary range of objects that formed part of Bowie’s private world by browsing the sale catalogues online here:

Part I: Modern & Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10 November 2016
Part II: Modern & Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11 November 2016
Part III: Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11 November 2016

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