Bowie’s art goes for mil­lions in auc­tion

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

A Lon­don auc­tion of mu­sic le­gend David Bowie’s art col­lec­tion has ended with sales to­talling al­most £33 mil­lion (US$41.5 mil­lion), af­ter ex­hibits of the works drew record crowds, Sotheby’s said on Novem­ber 12.

Ev­ery item in the col­lec­tion, which in­cluded over 130 works of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary Bri­tish art, was sold in a series of sales as buy­ers’ en­thu­si­asm for the late mu­si­cian’s col­lec­tion ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

Ex­hi­bi­tions of the works in Lon­don at­tracted some 51,470 vis­i­tors, the high­est at­ten­dance for any pre-sale ex­hi­bi­tion in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal, the auc­tion house said.

The auc­tions them­selves were at­tended by 1750 bid­ders, with over 1000 more bid­ding on­line.

“David Bowie’s per­sonal art col­lec­tion cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the tens of thou­sands who vis­ited our ex­hi­bi­tions and the thou­sands who took part in the sales,” said Oliver Barker, chair of Sotheby’s Europe.

The col­lec­tion of­fered “a fresh in­sight into the cre­ative mind of one of the great­est cul­tural fig­ures of our time,” he added.

Sales of works by Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Mar­cel Duchamp among oth­ers to­talled £32.9 mil­lion ($41.5 mil­lion), Sotheby’s said.

The high­est-sell­ing item in Bowie’s col­lec­tion, the graf­fiti-in­spired “Air Power” can­vas by Basquiat, sold for £7.09 mil­lion. It had been ex­pected to fetch be­tween £2.5 and £3.5 mil­lion.

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