Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni, Brionvega Radiophonograph, model no. RR 126, 1965 Estimation : £800–1,200
DAMIEN HIRST Beautiful, shattering, slashing, violent, pinky, hacking, sphincter painting, 1995 Estimation : £250,000–350,000
LONDON – This November, Sotheby’s will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale encompassing some 400 items from the private collection of legendary musician David Bowie. At the heart of which is a remarkable group of more than 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.
Bowie’s famously inquisitive mind also led him to collect Outsider Art, Surrealism and Contemporary African art, as well as pieces by eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group. Bowie's diverse tastes nurtured his extensive archive of important works from celebrated, and less widely-known, artists in a collection of uparalleled eclecticism.
From 1–10 November, the collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, giving fans, collectors, art lovers and experts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary range of objects that informed Bowie’s private world. Ahead of the landmark ten-day event in London, preview exhibitions will be held in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Full details are listed below.
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
Highlights Preview World Tour:
Times of the World tour exhibitions to be announced shortly.
Bowie/Collector: 1–10 November, Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London
Part I: Modern & Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10 November
Part II: Modern & Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11 November
Part III: Post-Modernist Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11 November
Auction and ticketing details will be released in the Autumn.
Keep checking this page for further updates about the sale.
For more information, email Bowie@sothebys.com