Bowie/Collector, Part 1: Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Auction


#1

On the evening of 10 November the most important pieces from the David
Bowie Collection will go under the hammer, led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s
magnificent Air Power. At the heart of the auction is Bowie’s collection of 20th-century British Art, which moves from Harold Gilman’s Interior (Mrs Mounter), painted during the First World War, to works by Damien Hirst from the 1990s by way of David Bomberg, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Caulfield, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. The selection is embellished by keys works by Marcel Duchamp, who Bowie cited as a major influence, and Francis Picabia as well as a 16th-century Venetian altarpiece by Tintoretto.
Browse the lots here: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2016/bowie-collector-part-i-modern-contemporary-art-evening-auction-l16142.html


#2

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own … It can change the way I feel in the mornings.”

  • David Bowie

#3

I love Lot 46, but it looks like a parody of Damien’s iconic tiger shark. Perhaps that makes it even better.
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/bowie-collector-part-i-modern-contemporary-art-evening-auction-l16142/lot.46.html#


#4

Apparently you werent the only one who liked it, it sold 125k GBP over the high estimate :smiley:

Looks like everything sold well above estimate… I wonder if the estimates purposely were set low to attract buyers, or if it they hadnt accounted for the added value due to it being Bowie’s collection?


#5

I read that the family kept some of the pieces with “particular significance”, wonder what works that was