The man who fell to Earth

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HE eclec­tic pri­vate col­lec­tion of the late mu­si­cian David Bowie, beloved provo­ca­teur and in­no­va­tor of ev­ery­thing from pol­i­tics and psy­che­delic rock to glit­ter and avant-garde cat­suits, is un­veiled for the first time.

As the fi­nal stop of a tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion be­fore the auc­tion on Novem­ber 10–11, Sotheby’s New Bond Street will host an out­stand­ing va­ri­ety of more than 350 works, which in­clude a unique ‘spin paint­ing’ com­pleted by the Thin White Duke in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Damien Hirst, a Re­nais­sance al­tar­piece by Tin­toretto, paint­ings

Trang­ing from Ger­man Ex­pres­sion­ism to 20th-cen­tury Bri­tish (think Stan­ley Spencer and Frank Auer­bach), Sur­re­al­ist pieces (Mar­cel Duchamp, Man Ray) and works cre­ated in the af­ter­math of the first demo­cratic elec­tions in South Africa, plus a pleas­ant jum­ble of ob­jects from teapots and type­writ­ers to clocks and stereo cab­i­nets. The Sotheby’s ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Bowie/col­lec­tor’, is open from Novem­ber 1 to 10 at its New Bond Street, Lon­don W1, premises. There will be three days of talks and events (Novem­ber 4–6), in­clud­ing a mid­night film screen­ing on Fri­day, Novem­ber 6, when the gal­leries will be open to the public all night long, be­fore the col­lec­tion is auc­tioned. ‘His life as an art col­lec­tor was some­thing he kept al­most en­tirely hid­den from public view,’ says a Sotheby’s spokesman. ‘Now, for the first time, this lit­tle­known side of Bowie will be fully re­vealed.’ Visit www.sothe­­lec­tor for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

A pre-auc­tion visit to Bowie’s art col­lec­tion at Sotheby’s is a must

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