David Bowie's Art Collection to Be Displayed, Then Sold

David Bowie photographed in 1976.
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David Bowie photographed in 1976.

David Bowie’s extensive private art collection is to be sold at auction.

With a keen eye for fine art and modern British classics, the music legend amassed a collection of more than 400 items over his lifetime. 

Bowie’s haul features more than 200 paintings by “many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century,” from Frank Auerbach to Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland, notes Sotherby’s, which will publicly display the pieces for the first time this November. The works will then go under the hammer in a three-part sale, and are expected to collectively fetch more than $13 million.  

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“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own,” the late music star told the New York Times in 1998. “It can change the way that I feel in the mornings.”

The Bowie/Collector collection will be exhibited from Nov. 1-10 at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, and review exhibitions will be held in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Bowie died Jan. 10 after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Just two days prior, he released what turned out to be his final LP, Blackstar. The album was a critical and commercial success, debuting atop the Billboard 200 chart to give the iconic singer his first U.S. No. 1.


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