Bowie’s art goes for millions in auction
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.