David Bowie’s personal art collection to be sold

David Bowie’s personal art collection will feature in three sales at Sotherby's in November

This November, Sotheby’s in London will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale encompassing some 400 items from David Bowie’s private art collection. 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

Los Angeles
20–21 September

New York
26–29 September

Hong Kong
12–15 October

Times of the World tour exhibitions to be announced shortly.

The Exhibition

Bowie/Collector: 1–10 November, Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London

The Auctions

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.

For more information, visit the Sotherby’s website or email [email protected]

Auction Preview

Here’s a small sample of the artwork that will be displayed at the Bowie/Collector exhibition: