Bowie sale smashes ex­pec­ta­tions

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Buy­ers have snapped up mod­ern art­works col­lected by David Bowie, with a paint­ing by Jean-Michel Basquiat sell­ing for $8.8 mil­lion at a Lon­don auc­tion.

The first part of Sotheby’s two-day Bowie sale Thurs­day net­ted $30.3 mil­lion, more than dou­ble its up­per pre­sale es­ti­mate.

The mu­si­cian, who died in Jan­uary at age 69, was a pas­sion­ate col­lec­tor of con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern art.

The top lot, Basquiat’s “Air Power,” sold for $8.8 mil­lion. An­other, un­ti­tled Basquiat sold for $3 mil­lion.

Bowie played Andy Warhol in “Basquiat,” Ju­lian Schn­abel’s 1996 biopic of the Amer­i­can artist.

Frank Auer­bach’s paint­ing “Head of Gerda Boehm” sold for $4.7 mil­lion, 10 times its es­ti­mate and a record for the Bri­tish artist.

A “spin” paint­ing by Bri­tish artist Damien Hirst, cre­ated with Bowie’s help, sold for $939,000.

Sotheby’s said Thurs­day’s auc­tion was a “white glove sale,” mean­ing ev­ery lot was sold. Bids came from 46 coun­tries.

Oliver Barker, deputy chair­man of Sotheby’s Europe, said “the mar­ket to­tally re­sponded to David Bowie and this won­der­ful col­lec­tion that he put to­gether.”

More of Bowie’s col­lec­tion was due to be auc­tioned Fri­day.

A man un­der a life­time re­strain­ing or­der to stay away from singer Tay­lor Swift al­legedly stalked her at an Austin, Texas, air­port fol­low­ing a con­cert Oct. 22. Frank Hoover, of Austin, was be­ing held Fri­day for vi­o­lat­ing a pro­tec­tive or­der re­quir­ing him to stay at least 500 feet away from Swift.

Key­boardist Booker T. Jones is 72. Singer Neil Young is 71. Ac­tor Ryan Gosling is 36. Ac­tress Anne Hathaway is 34.

DANIEL LEAL-OLI­VAS/GETTY-AFP

The paint­ing “Air Power,” owned by late Bri­tish singer David Bowie, sold for $8.8 mil­lion.

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